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November 8, 2013 - 11:33 am

This Obama administration promise had an unusually short expiration date. Most of his promises string out over several months or several years. This one lasted just a few weeks.

The Obama administration’s HealthCare.gov adviser Jeffrey Zeints said on Friday that the trouble-plagued federal healthcare website is improving, but that higher volumes of visitors are exposing new capacity and software issues.

In a conference call with reporters, Zeints said progress this week has been marred by roadblocks. He described HealthCare.gov as being “a long way from where it needs to be.”

Both HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and White House spokesman Jay Carney have said this week that they hope the site will be working “for most people” by the end of the month, a climb down from the pledge to have it working for everyone by that time.

Once they get it fixed, the administration may run into yet another problem: Very few Americans who are on the individual insurance market have even bothered to check out Healthcare.gov.

Fewer than a quarter of all uninsured Americans have so far even attempted to visit an exchange site, according to a new Gallup poll.

As the Obama administration struggle to fix problems with the federal health exchange website, the poll found just 18 percent of the exchanges’ target audience – the nation’s uninsured – have tried to go to an ObamaCare site since it opened on Oct. 1.

Among those uninsured Americans who say they plan to eventually purchase insurance through the exchanges, a slightly higher percentage, 22 percent, say they have attempted to visit an exchange site.

These results undermine the Obama administration’s confidence in ObamaCare to reach its target audience.

Yeah, just a little bit.

Update: While they’re fixing things…

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Anybody who has any experience with software development projects KNEW they weren't going to be able to fix this piece of crap by the end of November, 2013. Look for Obama to announce that the reporters got it wrong; he really said "the end of November, 2014."

In any case, the software is only ONE of the many problems Obamacare is facing, and one of the more minor problems, at that.
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Dear (auto fill in name here):

Well, then (harrumph) if the uninsured are not showing up on the website it's obviously because they're so poor they can't afford a computer, or even a library card to use the people's computers. If the evil homophobic wymmyn-hating Republicans hadn't been forced to cause the shutdown, the sequester, and block the 173 stimulus programs I've demanded by the fascist, racist confederate loving Tea Parties, none of this would have happened.

If you want me to continue to fight for you and Julia, please send $5.

Your Royal Highness for Life,
Barrack Obama
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"higher volumes of visitors are exposing new capacity and software issues.

No, the thing is fundamentally flawed, and won't be fixed with a few patches here and there.

This is actually a good thing.

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