HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the overwhelming traffic streaming into Obamacare exchange sites “a great problem to have.”
Indeed, glitches in the system seem to have partially resulted from the unbelievable demand on day one, including 2 million visits to the New York exchange site in the first 90 minutes.
2 million visitors makes it a rousing success according to Sebelius and the President. But there’s a reason 2 million people seeking health insurance in New York is unbelievable.
There are only 1.1 million in New York without insurance, and estimates had roughly 330,000 expected to signup for Obamacare.
With that in mind, authorities are now looking into the possibility of hackers having breached the system.
Via the New York Post:
The numbers just don’t add up.
The “abnormally high traffic” that crippled New York’s ObamaCare Web site for two days may have resulted from a malicious attack by hackers, computer-security experts said Wednesday.
The NY State of Health site recorded an astounding 10 million visits after opening for business Tuesday — although there are only about 1.1 million state residents without health insurance and just 330,000 are expected to buy ObamaCare for next year.
By comparison, the federal government’s heavily promoted HealthCare.gov site — a portal to the sites for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and America’s territories and commonwealths — drew just 4.7 million visitors the first day.
Late Tuesday, NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore said technicians were “looking into the cause of this abnormally high traffic.”
The same people that designed these exchanges and their corresponding websites are now in charge of your personal medical information. And they’ve designed systems that do not work when overwhelmed with traffic, and are susceptible to hacking.
Comforting, isn’t it?