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Bridget Johnson

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October 1, 2013 - 7:21 am

It seems that Day One of the Obamacare exchanges wasn’t a day when the program was ready for primetime:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officials are saying the crashes are due to the “tremendous response.” President Obama meets in the Oval Office today “with Americans who will benefit from the opening of Health Insurance Marketplaces and being able to comparison shop for the health plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Due to the tremendous response? Shouldn't they have anticipated this "tremendous response" once they realized they were responsible for setting up 36 state exchanges? Still, even high traffic sites know to have lots of servers and mirror sites to handle a deluge of traffic.

And people still want the government involved in healthcare?
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As someone who visited an exchange, what springs to mind is a word that won't be allowed here, so I'll just call it a "fustercluck."
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The new form of Human Population Control.....die while waiting for the Obamacare website to work.
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I'm already signed up, but I did it over 35 years ago while I was a member of the Navy and have a service connected disability. I do not pay anything at all unless I do use the system which I do not!
42 weeks ago
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But, but, web sites are hard...
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So is being honest and forthcoming especially with the president and his party, it is really hard when they are STUPID!
42 weeks ago
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The feral..uh, federal government could not turn a profit to collect unpaid taxes at a Nevada house of ill repute that sold whiskey several years ago!

So it should come as no surprise to any breathing American that the Obama-Marx Health Care law would be a fustercluck right out of the gate.

We ain't seen nuthin' yet. Total incompetence, fraud and strong arming by government (read: IRS) will be the next floats to watch in this hand-wringing Marxist parade.
42 weeks ago
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It sure would be karmic payback if Obamacare collapsed from the same problems that sank Project ORCA...
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Due to the tremendous response? Shouldn't they have anticipated this "tremendous response" once they realized they were responsible for setting up 36 state exchanges? Still, even high traffic sites know to have lots of servers and mirror sites to handle a deluge of traffic.

And people still want the government involved in healthcare?
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I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume that few of these sites are set up by outside system integrators like Edifecs. These are companies that know the healthcare market, HIPAA compliance issues and work with both private and public organizations.

Anyway, there's no simple way to gauge what peak volume is going to be. Look at New York where in the first two hours they had 2 million hits. That's almost all of NY State's uninsured. But does it make sense to incur licensing and hardware costs to build out for a volume that may never be seen again?

Even in the private sector I'd take some lumps on service and muddle through the launch and make adjustments to capacity based on average volume.
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They've had four years to get ready for this.
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