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Affordable Healthcare Act: Website Crashes

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If you were one of the close to a million people who searched for more information about your choices under the Affordable Care Act yesterday, chances are good you found yourself staring at a computer screen with an error message.

Apparently, heavy traffic caused the website to crash, although some people say they were able to get onto the site in the afternoon and were able to review the new insurance programs offered as part of the law, which is one of the key parts of President Obama’s health care law also known as Obamacare.

Other people weren’t so lucky though because when they tried to log in, they were greeted with an error message which read, “We have a lot of visitors on our site right now, and we’re working to make your experience here better. Please wait here until we send you to the log-in page. Thank you for your patience.”

And if that wasn’t bad enough, people looking for information from the federal call center had to wait a half-hour or more to speak with an operator.

A spokesman said that more than a million people had visited healthcare.gov over the last day, which is five times the normal traffic, but officials were aware of the problems and were working to fix them.

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