Data Center Causes More Problems for Obamacare Launch
October 28, 2013 1:01 PM
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A data center lost network connectivity on Sunday after a technical failure
another technical difficulty
this weekend when a data center behind the HealthCare.gov website went down.
, Verizon's Terremark -- which hosts HealthCare.org and allows uninsured Americans to both search and buy health insurance -- lost network connectivity on Sunday after a technical failure.
The glitch also threw off a data services hub that connects a number of federal agencies and is used to verify people's identity, citizenship, etc. This verification is necessary to check if people are eligible for tax credits that cut the cost of monthly insurance premiums.
"We are working with Terremark to get their timeline for addressing the issue," said Joanne Peters, a Health and Human Services (HHS) Department spokeswoman. "We understand that this issue is affecting other customers in addition to HealthCare.gov, and Terremark is working (to) resolve the issue as quickly as possible."
There have been a number of troubles with the rollout of Obamacare since it launched October 1. The White House didn't expect HealthCare.gov to see the amount of traffic it did when Obamacare began, and this led to many technical problems with the site, such as jumbled text, error messages and delays with loading pages.
A key part of Obamacare is consumer accessibility to HealthCare.gov in order to select new insurance plans. The idea behind it is to bring health insurance to Americans that have gone without, and it also doesn't prevent those with pre-existing conditions to apply.
Obama has compared the glitchy HealthCare.gov website to
, and even said that the recent issues are "unacceptable" while outlining a new way for customers to access the site.
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More on the cost to americans
10/29/2013 6:10:28 AM
352mil went out the door to top 10 obamacare favs...
"Although the GAO made clear that its study focused solely on the costs of implementing the federal exchanges and the data services hub, its $394 million tally for work through March 31 has been widely cited as the price tag for the entire launch of the law. But in looking at the full range of ACA-related contracts for just 10 firms, the BGOV analysis found more than $1 billion worth of contract awards."
So this whole thing might cost 1Billion?...jeez...Who needs to go to jail here?
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