SYSTEM CRASH! Scramble for Obamacare sends computer servers crashing
Two million visits in the first few hours makes Web site inaccessible for most
It was something that many had predicted. With health reform becoming official on October 1, millions of Americans scrambled to go the official Web site. The result? Two million visits in just a few short hours sent servers over the brink, and the site was inaccessible save for a lucky few.
In the words of Glenn Blain and Leslie Larson of the New York Daily News, in a witticism that is too good not to share -- "The Tea Party couldn't shut down Obamacare - but Web servers did."
New York's health insurance exchange went into overdrive shortly after going online at 8 a.m. Yesterday. The site, set up using a $370 million grant from the federal government, had received two million visits and was log jammed. To their credit, state officials didn't blamed hackers for the traffic surge. Officials noted that New York only has about two million uninsured residents.
"Since its launch, nystateofhealth.ny.gov has gotten approximately 10 million Web visits, far more than was anticipated, causing login problems for users," exchange Executive Director Donna Frescatore said.
"In response to these issues, operators at the state's call center have assisted thousands of callers while our technicians have increased the site's capacity and are looking into the cause of this abnormally high traffic," Frescatore said.
It was the same old song played across the United States. Maryland, Washington and Vermont experienced long delays and even shutdowns of their websites.
The federal government's health exchange was also down for for a period.
Obama in his Rose Garden appearance said the site had more than one million visitors by 7 a.m. That figure is five times more users than had ever been on the government's Medicare Web site at one time.
"That gives you a sense of how important this is to millions of Americans around the country, and that's a good thing," Obama said.
"Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system. And within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it," Obama said. "I don't remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads - or threatening to shut down the company if they didn't. That's not how we do things in America."
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