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We paid $634 million for the Obamacare sites and all we got was this lousy 404

Healthcare.gov error

It’s been one full week since the flagship technology portion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went live. And since that time, the befuddled beast that is Healthcare.gov has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress.The site itself, which apparently underwent major code renovations over the weekend, still rejects user logins, fails to load drop-down menus and other crucial components for users that successfully gain entrance, and otherwise prevents uninsured Americans in the 36 states it serves from purchasing healthcare at competitive rates – Healthcare.gov’s primary purpose. The site is so busted that, as of a couple days ago, the number of people that successfully purchased healthcare through it was in the “single digits,” according to the Washington Post.We, the taxpayers, seem to have forked up more than $634 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock.The reason for this nationwide headache apparently stems from poorly written code, which buckled under the heavy influx of traffic that its engineers and administrators should have seen coming. But the fact that Healthcare.gov can’t do the one job it was built to do isn’t the most infuriating part of this debacle – it’s that we, the taxpayers, seem to have forked up more than $634 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock.

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11 Oct
Hacker News 20 @newsyc20
http://t.co/eaL41Ij8PZ currently $500 Million over budget http://t.co/KUGzVm2qwD (http://t.co/XgbgvqkufG)
10 Oct
Robbie Jack @noveltysystems
Obamacare's broken website cost more than LinkedIn, Spotify combined http://t.co/fVDWEupQ9i @digitaltrends
10 Oct
Nathan Smith @nathansmith
Why http://t.co/Kpziz4tZ1k cost $634 million to build — more than FB & Twitter's startup costs — and what went wrong… http://t.co/0ZOIFtvxxq
10 Oct
Q @theqlabs
$634M for the broken-ass http://t.co/vIUGEo4Zdk website. That's what we paid for it! http://t.co/HQoQvVMtAC
10 Oct
Brian Cardarella @bcardarella
How the http://t.co/5VlPso7bM1 screwup happened, how much it cost, and the idiots that built it (CGI Federal) http://t.co/VYN1HTWAAU
10 Oct
Ryan LeFevre @MeltingIce
Just disgusting. $634M to build a healthcare site that doesn’t even work. http://t.co/uEtju1NiTl
10 Oct
Andy Beal @AndyBeal
RT @deanshaw: @AndyBeal and apparently we paid $634M http://t.co/8fC4RzrjJJ
09 Oct
Cosmin Stejerean @offbytwo
Healthcare .gov cost $600 million? For a broken site that I still can't use? I'm in the wrong business. http://t.co/mHSw06uzaQ