Days Before Launch, Obamacare Site Crashed with 'Few Hundred People' Using It

According to the Washington Post, just days before the scheduled launch the Obamacare website would crash with only “a few hundred people” on it.  “It crashed after a simulation in which just a few hundred people tried to log on simultaneously.” Nevertheless, the site launched. 

Warnings were ample that the website would have problems. 

About a month before the exchange opened, this testing group urged agency officials not to launch it nationwide because it was still riddled with problems, according to an insurance IT executive who was close to the rollout.

One serious problem with the website, was that the agency responsible for working with the 55 contractors involved had not made sure all the “pieces” were working together. 

And it gets better. “Key testing of the system” did not start until THE WEEK BEFORE THE LAUNCH. As of September 26, there “had been no tests to determine whether a consumer could complete the process from beginning to end: create an account, determine eligibility for federal subsidies and sign up for a health insurance plan, according to two sources familiar with the project.

Good grief. 

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