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Jay Carney: Volume of traffic on HealthCare.gov “far exceeded our expectations”

Jay Carney WH Press Secretary sadThe HealthCare.gov website wasn’t ready for the volume traffic it received, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Monday — despite the fact that President Barack Obama has been claiming for months that Obamacare would help millions of people.

During the White House press briefing, Associated Press reporter Nedra Pickler asked Carney whether or not it was misleading to blame the site’s glitches on the high volume of traffic it received following its Oct. 1 launch

“Can you say whether it was misleading, you know, in the beginning to say this was an issue of volume?” she inquired.

“No, in fact, I think it’s absolutely accurate to say that the volume far exceeded our expectations and that the volume has driven the problems that we’ve seen and exposed some of the problems that we now know about,” Carney responded.

The Press Secretary went on to say that the federal government ‘underestimated’ the volume the HealthCare.gov website was going to receive. Carney then tried to spin the website’s failures into a positive, saying the volume-generated flaws revealed that Americans want healthcare through the federal insurance exchange.

“The models that were in place that tested the website did not account for this kind of volume, and that the volume that we saw instantly on the first day and ever since has both led to these problems and exposed some of the glitches and kinks,” Carney said.

It’s clear that the HealthCare.gov website was not adequately prepared for the volume it received, but what’s not clear is why it wasn’t prepared.

Back in November 2011, Obama claimed that 30 million people would have access to affordable healthcare through the ACA. In fact, since 2010, the administration has estimated that more than Obamacare would provide insurance for more than 30 million Americans. Seemingly, the White House should have seen

So was the White House all along grossly misrepresenting the number of people expected to sign up for Obamacare? Or is the Obama administration now trying to make a high volume of traffic the convenient scapegoat for its website woes?

 

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