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Good Thing the Obamacare Deadline Was Delayed

By on 3.31.14 | 4:47PM

We made it. Today is the “official” deadline to sign up for Obamacare (ignoring the unofficial deadline that’s still two weeks away).

That is, if the White House can get the website up and running.

When Americans logged onto Healthcare.gov this morning, they were unable to create a new profile. Although anyone already in the system had no trouble completing their application, new enrollees were locked out of the website.

USA Today reported:

Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said the tech team monitoring HealthCare.gov identified an issue with users creating new accounts, a problem agents were reporting earlier in the day and USA TODAY found when reporters tried to create accounts.

At noon Peters said the application and enrollment tools were unavailable to new users. "The tech team is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible," she said.

At shortly after 1 p.m. it appeared the situation had improved somewhat and some newcomers were able to enroll.

It would be redundant to say this marks yet another failure for Obamacare and I’ve lost count of the number of blog posts I’ve dedicated to this very subject. You would think in the twenty-first century a working website would be a given.

Then again, it gives Obama yet another reason to delay the deadline.

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