Obamacare website hit by ‘network failure’

Obamacare website hit by ‘network failure’

The Obamacare website registering consumers in new insurance exchanges suffered another major glitch, losing connectivity on Sunday.

The crash came as officials rolled out new changes to the beleaguered website which has been plagued with a host of technical problems since its Oct. 1 launch.

Health and Human Services blamed the downed website on an issue with an outside contractor, Terremark, which operates a data center hosting Healthcare.gov.

“Today, Terremark had a network failure that is impacting a number of their clients including HealthCare.gov,” said HHS spokesperson Joanne Peters. “Secretary Sebelius spoke with the CEO of Verizon this afternoon to discuss the situation and they committed to fixing the problem as soon as possible.”

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Telecommunications giant Verizon has been tapped by the administration to help repair the site.

The glitch-filled rollout of the health insurance exchanges has become an embarrassment for the White House, with critics of Obamacare seizing on the missteps and arguing that the entire law is unworkable.

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