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Officials cautious on driving traffic to healthcare.gov

Officials cautious on driving traffic to healthcare.gov

As the November 30th deadline to have healthcare.gov fixed and working smoothly “for the vast majority of users” quickly approaches, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that improvements are on track.  But officials are apparently still concerned about a possible rush of traffic to the site.

From the New York Times, A Plea to Avoid Crush of Users at Health Site:

White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users.

At the same time, administration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile HealthCare.gov.

With a self-imposed deadline for repairs to the website approaching on Saturday, the administration is trying to strike a delicate balance. It is encouraging people to go or return to the website but does not want to create too much demand. It boasts that the website is vastly improved, but does not want to raise expectations that it will work for everyone.

“We are definitely on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Tuesday. “That was our commitment.”

The NY Times reports the website is now supposedly equipped to handle 50,000 concurrent users, but that officials worry 250,000 may try to use the site at once.

White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri said that officials have advised groups helping to promote the site to hold back on driving traffic for now until they see how much traffic the site is getting in the early days of December, according to the NY Times.

Meanwhile, we’ve all by now seen Organizing for Action’s “Health Care for the Holidays” campaign, which urges supporters to “have the talk” about Obamacare with their family members this Thanksgiving, and offers tips and lists for starting that conversation.

Just don’t all sign up at once.

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Comments

STAY AWAY!

The thing is TOXIC. Do NOT trust your information to anything with “Obama” connected to it…!!!

“It’s a trap!”

The gov is worried about having a stampede of people dying to sign up for their chance at identity theft and to pay more for a policy that will give them less access to care. Yeah, that’s the ticket! Anyone that stupid is way beyond help.

“It boasts that the website is vastly improved, but does not want to raise expectations that it will work for everyone.”

“…the website is now supposedly equipped to handle 50,000 concurrent users, but that officials worry 250,000 may try to use the site at once.”

This is how Socialized Medicine works in essence. Destroy individual choice and ration the usage of the population.

I always stuff a turkey, like the one mentioned above, and then put it in a centrifuge to enrich the flavor.

Sometimes, though, there’s a meltdown or a STUXNET deep fry.
Obamacare happens!

“By the end of November, HealthCare.gov will work smoothly for the vast majority of users.” So long as those users don’t try to login.

I believe it was the WAPO who ran an article telling liberals they should bring up the subject of ObamaCare at the THanksgiving table and shame all their relatives in signing up.

If this happens to you, say, “I think that is a great idea. Let’s all logon right now!”

    Radegunda in reply to Musson. | November 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Or you might say: “I had perfectly good health insurance that I could afford, until the Democrats abolished it and left nothing but inferior policies at higher prices. No thanks.”

    Archer in reply to Musson. | November 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    And Mike Bloomberg’s MAIG group is telling anyone who will listen to bring up the subject of gun control at the Thanksgiving table.

    Y’know, some of us like to gather with family to talk about food and family stuff, not leftist (or rightist, for that matter) agenda-driven crap.

Ha. To maintain viability, Obamacare needs to enroll huge numbers quickly, but has failed to build the infra to handle it.

Rock>>Obama<<Hard spot

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Beginning Monday morning, Dec 1st, I plan to try to access healthcare.gov about 6,000 times. Be a shame if others did too and gummed things up.

    I see what you did there. 😉

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Archer. | November 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      I’m serious. Every Obamacare nonsupporter in the country ought to spend all day Monday trying to get on the site, clicking off, try going back on, click off, go back on, click off, go back on x 5,995 more tries.

New! Improved! Faster load times! Fewer delays! Now generating errors at 2000% efficiency.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I went to check on some other third world Guvmint websites & found some are not working either.

For instance http://www.medicalboard.gov.PG ( Papua New Guinea ) is no longer available.

You guys just expect too much .

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