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Obamacare site: HHS Secretary Sebelius Redefines a Website Crash

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English: Kathleen Sebelius speaking after her ...

English: Kathleen Sebelius speaking after her official nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services. President Barack Obama is standing behind Sebelius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(CNN) — When is a website crash not a crash? That question has been on the minds of many since the government official responsible for the beleaguered site testified Wednesday before Congress.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized and took responsibility for what she called “miserably frustrating” problems with the site, which launched October 1.

But it was a parenthetical comment that turned heads.

“We were anxious to get the website up and running and functional, which we clearly have failed to do to date,” Sebelius said. “Although, I would suggest the website has never crashed. It is functional but at a very slow speed and very low reliability.”

Hasn’t crashed, really? Critics of the site’s failures — as well as of the Affordable Care Act itself — immediately pounced on her statement.

One congresswoman pulled up the Obamacare site on an overhead projector during the hearing, appearing to show that it wasn’t accessible at the time. (In fairness, it’s not clear whether that problem was due to the site itself or a problem with host Verizon’s servers that cropped up in the past few days.


Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 31, 2013 at 5:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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