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Another Obamacare Glitch – Data Center Crashes

When can we stop calling these huge deficiencies in planning and in administration, “glitches”? Seriously, at what point does a constant chain of mistakes, screw ups and technical issues become more than a mere glitch? Shouldn’t four weeks be more than enough time for the system to have gotten the kinks from the early days ironed out? The media needs to wake up and realize that Obamacare isn’t suffering from a few random “glitches.” No, it’s suffering from idiotic planning and inept implementation. Not only was Obamacare poorly planned, but it has been plagued by corruption, incompetence and indolence.

In truth, Obamacare is the epitome of the “government at work” caricature.

You know the one. It’s that image where you are driving down the road when you notice a construction crew at work. Only, they’re not really at work. One man is using a shovel to dig a hole, while three others are standing at the top of the hole, talking, while they watch the one guy dig. The very definition of a “government project” under way. This is what Obamacare is.

Another major glitch has rocked the Obamacare roll out, as the data center operated by Verizon that the government was using crashed – due to connectivity issues.

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down on Sunday, halting online enrollment for all 50 states in the latest problem to hit the program’s troubled rollout.

The data center operated by Verizon’s Terremark experienced a connectivity issue that caused it to shut down, affecting the federal government’s already problem-plagued online marketplace and similar sites operated by 14 states and the District of Columbia, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

glitchObama administration and company officials could not say how long it would take to fix the connectivity problem.

Without the data center up and running customers will not be able to apply online for Obamacare coverage. Nor will they be able to figure out whether or not they are eligible for subsidies to help them pay their new (usually higher) insurance premiums. The crash will affect people all over the country. A Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said that the data center’s problems will be fixed as soon as humanly possible. Ironically, HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius was just praising the data centers work and efficiency over the weekend… and now the center isn’t working at all.

One has to wonder when the next major “glitch” is going to hit the Obamacare train, because it seems as if the glitches are occurring with more frequency than the successes are…

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He’s also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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