Obamacare Website to Go Offline Every Night for Fix

Planned outages for fixes to Healthcare.gov

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If you’re a night owl without health insurance, this just might spoil your plans.

The application page for the Obama administration’s problem-plagued health insurance exchange website will go offline every night between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. EST until further notice, while programmers try to fix what’s hobbling implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

“Additional down times may be possible as we work to make things better,” the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday said in announcing the planned outages of Healthcare.gov.

The troubled website has been fodder for Republican critics of the law. Obama has acknowledged the problems, and reiterated last week his pledge that the site will be fixed soon. The administration has said it will work properly by the end of November.

10 comments
J_F_Twit
J_F_Twit

If the website is up 20 out of 24 hours a day, shouldn't that be viewed as a triumph of modern liberalism, that it can achieve 80% uptime, where uptime is defined as the ability to process 6 Americans a day into insurance nirvana, which is only about 600,000 less a day than the number of people losing insurance altogether.  I've heard about Barack Obama's shuffle list on his IPod, and I take that into account as well.  Presidents with cool play lists need to be given some slack, like creating web sites which essentially invite Americans to present their identity essentials to any computer hacker who has at least 2 months experience hacking, and creating law that tears the country apart and asks people to smile while losing their doctor and insurance and if he said that wouldn't happen, why in the name of God can't people remember he has a cool IPod play list and forget petty details like lying and integrity.  It's 2013.  After all, we've always been at war with Eastasia.

BillCarson
BillCarson

Whatever condition the website is in by the November 30 will be trumpeted as "fixed".  I think though that will be "fixed" as in crooked or dishonest.

LucasMcCain
LucasMcCain

So much for trying to sign up during off hour times.

JohnBrown
JohnBrown

Folks they can take down this current website forever.  They may even be able to get it running, although I doubt it.  The real problem is the experts are saying they bought 10 year old garbage technology that cannot be made secure.  It is to easy for hackers with current techology to hack, and that means your SSN and personal information will be stolen if you put your information on the website.  Before signing up make sure the Government is guranteeing your information is secure, and that they will fix it if your identity is stolen and make you whole.  It can take years and years and ruin you financially if someone steals and misuses your SSN, not to speak of all your other personal private information.  If they ever get this thing running then all those millions of people who can't keep the insurance they like, despite Obama's bait and switch lies, will than find out that they will have to take an Obamacare policy that will cost them two to ten times their previous policy.  That is the plan of Obama and the democrats.  Somebody has to pay for all the free healthcare for illegal aliens, welfare folks, and such.  And if you have insurance through yoru company your time is next year.  Obama delayed the employer mandate a year, but next year it starts up and that's when most companies begin to drop their insurance plans.  Within 3 years there employer provided healthcare will be as dead as the dinosaurs.

JJHLH
JJHLH

Obama has been caught in the biggest lie in presidential history. His legacy is now secure. 

 
Senator Cruz looks like Nostradamus.

EdwardLarson
EdwardLarson

How do you take a website that was never really "online", "offline?"  Why not just admit that the website does not work and take it down until it is fixed?  Are they afraid of missing those 6 or 7 people per day who might want to sign up?  How desperate can this Admin get?

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

I'm OK with that; systems often have to be down for maintenance of this sort, and 1-5 EST is probably the least bad time available for the work. At least they finally put a notice on the landing page:

The Health Insurance Marketplace online application isn't available from approximately 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. EST daily while we make improvements. Additional down times may be possible as we work to make things better. The rest of the site and the Marketplace call center remain available during these hours.

J_F_Twit
J_F_Twit

@JohnBrown I architect large, complex web sites.  Essentially, you don't hire separate companies to do the front end and the back end.  You don't test in 2 weeks.  You don't launch without proof that you will not leak identities to hackers.  Your clock begins when you get your business requirements, not one minute before, and apparently, the requirements for this fiasco were withheld for political purposes until the election of 2012 was past.  If your solution requires 500 millions of lines of code, your solution sucks.  You've been misled and your best course of action is to try to get another engineering job without mentioning you were part of such a blatant fiasco.  Something disturbingly dishonest transpired between the technical talent and the business side (HHS and corporate) that allowed this to happen.  The books should be fascinating.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@JJHLH  "Obama has been caught in the biggest lie in presidential history. His legacy is now secure."

Hahahahahaha! "I am not a crook..." "...never at any time did we view this as trading weapons for hostages...," "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

"Obama lied and my insurance company cancelled my policy."