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The President blasts critics as site experiences service outages amid high traffic volume

With the government-backed public healthcare markets opening on October 1st (better known as the much awaited and much debated "Obamacare"), much curiosity and scrutiny was direct at the government's web portal for that effort: healthcare.gov.

I. Gov't Site Suffers Service Issues

The results delivered when the switch was flipped today were at times impressive, with visitors greeted with a modern page design with live chat support, an intuitive layout to help users navigate the myriad of options available in different states, and even support for modern mobile platforms like Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android and Apple, Inc.'s iPhone.

On the other hand, many of the estimated 1 million plus Americans to visit the webpage today were greeted with timeouts and other glitches.  Given that the massive volume of visitors was as high or higher than many distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks by hackers, it isn't particularly surprising that the site would have performance issues.
Other problems -- such as forgotten registration information -- seemed to be errors with the government's page code.  On Twitter the government's official acccount apologized for these errors, writing:
Healthcare.gov
This is what users should have been seeing...

II. Obama Likens Obamacare Site to Apple's OS

Soon after President Barrack Obama took a dig at critics, while making a reference to a security bug found in the recent release of Apple's iOS 7, which allows iPhone and iPad users to bypass the lock screen with a simple command sequence.  (The iPhone 5S's fingerprint sensor was also found to be dangerously insecure within a day of its launch.)  The president remarked:

Like every new law, every new product rollout, there are going to be some glitches in the sign-up process along the way that we will fix.  Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it."

I don't remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn't.  That's not how we do things in America. We don't actively root for failure.

Apple fanboy
Many love Apple, but it's also a controversial company, so it's an interesting choice for the President to pick. [Image Source: Nokia]

Leave it to the President -- never one to shy from controversy -- to compare one of his most controversial policies to one of America's most successful, but most controversial companies.

Apple's late CEO and cofounder Steven P. Jobs served served as the digital campaign coordinator during President Obama's 2012 election bid.  In fact, Steve Jobs' efforts to reelect his close friend were one of the last major project he embarked on before his death in Oct. 2011.

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President Obama sits next to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs at a White House dinner on Feb. 2011.  Mr. Jobs was a major donor/campaign advisor to the president.
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The President is developing a growing relationship with Mr. Jobs' successor current CEO Tim Cook.  Mr. Cook not only donated $2,300 USD to the President's campaign, but has also met with the President on numerous occasions to discuss policy issues.




"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs







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