According to USA Today, the Obama administration is continuing to deny that coding problems have anything to do with the luck of functioanlity at the Obamacare health insurance exchange website,

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said the government expected to draw 50,000 to 60,000 simultaneous users, but instead it has drawn as many as 250,000 at a time since it launched Oct. 1.

Park’s comments are the administration’s most detailed explanation for the glitches that have frustrated millions of consumers who have tried to enter the site or complete applications for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“These bugs were functions of volume,” Park said. “Take away the volume and it works.”

In other words, the website is malfunctioning because Obamacare is just so popular.

The response on Twitter was about what you’d expect…

Even the liberal bloggers at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog seem to get it:

[Washington Post blogger Sarah Kilff]: The Obama administration has said that all these problems are happening because of overwhelming traffic. How good of an explanation is that?

[Software expert Jyoti Bansal]: That seems like not a very good excuse to me. In sites like these there’s a very standard approach to capacity planning. You start with some basic math. Like, in this case, you look at all the federal states and how many uninsured people they have. Out of those you think, maybe 10 percent would log in in the first day. But you model for the worst case, and that’s how you come up with your peak of how many people could try to do the same thing at the same time.

Before you launch you run a lot of load testing with twice the load of the peak , so you can go through and remove glitches. I’m a very very big supporter of the health-care act, but I don’t buy the argument that the load was too unexpected.

Memo to the White House: When you’ve Wonkblog, it’s not a good sign.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an additional tweet.

  • BoscoBolt

    Meanwhile … back in the real world …

    ‘Obamacare’s Unconstitutional Origins – Tax legislation has to originate in the House; the health-care law didn’t.’

    • Republicanvet

      …and was declared a tax by SCOTUS, yet Urkel is granting waivers or exemptions to those taxes.

  • Red Fred

    This rollout clearly wasn’t ready for prime time. What a mess. They really should be willing to walk this back a year, although it appears that it will take that long anyway. Thanks for making the US look like tech idiots.

  • twinx

    LOL! I’ll bet most of those clogging up the site were people making fun of it.

    • Guest


  • Steven S Mellnick

    This rollout makes the Facebook IPO look like a paint by number. I would rather stand in line at the DMV. At least there you can SEE the progress.

    • Guest

      Now calling number 536, oh, we’re sorry, we are now closed.

  • trixiewoobeans

    But didn’t the Gov. anticipate the BAZILLIONS of people clamoring for this incredible, life-changing opportunity???

    • Republicanvet

      They did, that’s why their phone number is: 1-800-F1UCK-YO

      • trixiewoobeans

        Yeah, wasn’t that CUTE?? That demonstrated the Eric Cartman-style mindset of these noxious children.

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  • waltermitty2012

    Many were equally excited when the Titanic left on her maiden voyage to New York.

    • Guest

      Best ship evah!

      • trixiewoobeans

        Too big to fail!

    • IceColdTroll

      It works fine, without the icebergs.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      “Captain Smith, we’ve hit a glitch….”

    • Conservative First

      Best analogy I’ve heard yet.

  • tjp77

    Really? Is it more popular than Netflix? How about YouTube?

    Because my guess is that those two (private) websites handle more traffic in an hour than ‘’ will see in a month, and yet they manage to stay online without missing a beat 99.9999% of the time.

    So please, liberals, tell us again how great the government is at doing everything. Tell us how competent they are, and how they’re totally prepared to handle healthcare for 380 million people. Because even if ‘’ was the single most popular website in the entire world, there would STILL be zero excuse for the kind of downtime its experiencing here. Other than pure incompetence, that is.

    • Corey Dennison

      And I hear Amazon does a fair bit of business online too–maybe one of the bright young Turks in the Obama administration could’ve contacted Amazon to see if they could help. I mean, they have millions of successful visitors a day.

      Nah…Obama’s so smart–he don’t need no help.

    • Chevypowered

      Bro, go to USA today and there are still “True believers” singing the failed praise of this clusterfark.

    • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

      I;’m dealing with a lot of “true believers” who tell me 3 years just isn’t enough time for a website like to handle the traffic. Even when I point out Amazon and the Drudge Report as websites who can handle that kind of traffic, they;re quick to say “Oh, but they’ve had years to perfect it.”

      My response is the same: What is the excuse of the web designers? You know, aside from being incompetent government stooges.

  • FilleGitane

    Fake Twitter followers, imaginary friends, now phantom Obamacare enrollees

    • Chevypowered

      It’s like a bad episode of Degrassi Junior High. Not like DJH actually had any good episodes.

  • Republicanvet

    Why didn’t they just get the NSA to put together some servers. All the data will end up there anyway.

    • Chevypowered

      “Hello. Mr. and Mrs. John Doe. Yes this is the NSA. We noticed you have yet to enroll in this life giving insurance plan. Don’t worry we enrolled for you. Oh, by the way you need to get some more eggs and butter.

      • Anthony Clay

        lol more intrusive Mr doe the wife seems a little distant

  • stuckinIL4now

    Are they serious? In a country of well over 300 million people they planned a web site for something of Obummercare’s magnitude to handle ONLY 50,000-60,000 simultaneous users–so an average of 1,200 per state and that doesn’t include the support teams, insurers and gubmint wonks (NSA?) in 50 states that would need access as well. I think the wrong people got furloughed and math is still hard for the SADministration.

  • logicrules

    People… for the moment, forget Obamacare. Not that it isn’t important, but because the battoe therefore has exposed something even greater.

    The current DC position is that without government, there are certain American things we are not even allowed to SEE.

    Barracades on overlooks and parking lots. Tell me, fellow American…… what freedom loving party would justify this?

  • IceColdTroll

    “Take away the volume and it works.”

    Oh, LOL. Oh, LOL.

    Like, my car is great, as long as you don’t try going over 40 mph.

    • Finrod Felagund

      40 mph? Try 5 mph. It’s like they didn’t even bother screwing the lugnuts tight on the wheels.

      • brewerandpatriot

        They forgot to take it off the blocks after their tires got jacked.

      • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

        40 mph…isn’t that the top speed of a Prius…going down hill…with hurricane force winds at its back?

      • IceColdTroll

        LOL, I stand corrected!

    • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

      Wait a minute…maybe if the people signing up for Obamacare by computer would turn their computer volume down, the websites would work!

  • JD777

    Google gets 30,000,000 unique visits a day. Facebook 23,500,000 daily.

  • Steve__Jacobson

    Considering what they were trying to do; why would the expect only about 50,000 simultaneous users?

    • Anthony Clay

      Those numbers don’t jibe at that rate only 25 percent would be signed up before it closes

    • Anthony Clay

      they pull figures out there a–

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    I don’t think the Tasmanian Devil ever spun as much as Team Obama does these days.