On the day the Obamacare healthcare exchanges opened, state officials in California reported that the state exchange website received five million hits on Tuesday when in fact it only received 645,000.
Officials for the “Covered California” website claimed the five million hits number, which in hindsight was grossly misstated, was the primary reason why the website had so many problems on the first day.
Dana Howard, a spokesman for Covered California, told the Los Angeles Times that, “Someone misspoke and thought it was indeed 5 million hits. That was incorrect.”
The $313-million online health exchange website has already had to shut down twice because of various problems as California is reportedly trying to “sign up more than 2 million people through next year, the most of any state.”