Wednesday, October 2, 2013

System Overload

At first it sounded like my prediction was coming true: GOP hackers were pulling off a DDOS attack on the Obamacare website: I mean, come on, 10 million hits from people really trying to sign up for health insurance from New York alone?  But apparently it’s true, and the servers got backed up.

Of course this led the naysayers at right-wing sites and Fox News (yes, I know that’s redundant) to say that Obamacare was a complete failure and that it should be repealed.  By that same logic, no one should ever go see a Justin Bieber concert because Ticketmaster couldn’t handle the hits for tickets.  (There are many other reasons not to go, but you get the point.)  Or, as Steve Benen notes, vote in Florida.

It’s obviously an unacceptable situation: technical glitches, a confused public, and widespread reports of people who wait and wait for a struggling system to work.

Clearly, there’s only one sensible solution, which fair-minded people in both parties should be able to accept: Florida will no longer be allowed to hold elections.

I’m sure that most of the overload was from people just checking out the sites to see what all the fuss was about, and once the curiosity seekers go away people will be able to log in and use it.  But say it wasn’t just gawkers but people really looking to buy insurance.  That’s good news in two ways: it fills a need, and it makes a liar out of all those Republicans who said that America doesn’t want the law.