Bad News: Maryland Obamacare Website Still Slow; Good News: It Doesn’t Matter

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The website for the Maryland Health Exchange, where the state’s previously uninsured can sign up for health plans under Obamacare, is still slow. And it’s not just what-is-this-1998 slow. We’re talking this-site-is-now-literally-unusable slow.

The group said they saw web traffic of 1,000 hits a minute at some points on Tuesday— the day the site launched — and that has left many unable to create accounts even as of Wednesday night. Well, I guess they did a bang-up job promoting it.

Apparently, Maryland’s Rep. Andy Harris experienced the Internet logjam firsthand and dubbed it a “bad omen” for Obamacare. If you ask me, having a Congressman who attributes value to omens is a bad omen.

Luckily, as annoying as it might be, it’s not actually an emergency. People have six whole months to sign up for coverage through the exchange. And officials expect the website to get more functional in a couple weeks.

In the meantime, maybe instead of employing the Baltimore Ravens to help spread the word about new health coverage options for the uninsured under Obamacare, they could tell people to give the website a breather for a second.

 

 



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  1. How can it be over 1000 hits per minute? I thought Americans were against it. Thought no one wanted it. Bad omen? I think it’s a tell tale sign that it’s long over due…and people want access…NOW! Note that alternatives to the online registration are to print out the application and mail it in to the address indicated on the application, or to visit one of the centers that are located throughout Maryland (a lot of libraries are host) and fill out an application in person. The centers apparently don’t have very much traffic at all.

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