Government denies the site has crashed
The Obama administration issued a raft of unqualified apologies for causing days of simmering frustration to thousands of Americans trying to log onto the HealthCare.gov website, the mechanism to finally implement the provisions of the game-changing healthcare reform policy of 2010.
Apparently overwhelmed by the web traffic linked to people registering themselves on the site to avail themselves of more affordable health insurance policies, HealthCare.gov was down through most of Wednesday even though Health and Human Services Secretary Cathleen Sebelius denied during a congressional grilling that it had “crashed.”
Facing piercing questions from Republicans during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Ms. Sebelius said, “In these early weeks, access to HealthCare.gov has been a miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans … You deserve better. I apologise. I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems.”
Speaking in Massachusetts the same day President Barack Obama similarly said he took “full responsibility” for the malfunctioning health care website, which said to visitors the same thing it has said for weeks, “The system is down at the moment.”
Yet Mr. Obama reiterated his promise to fix it, pledging to “grind it out” over the weeks and months ahead to “ensure the law’s success and prove its Republican critics wrong.”