Obama compares bugs in HealthCare.gov website to iOS 7

Summary:President Obama compares problems with the initial launch of U.S. healthcare site to iOS 7.

In a speech at the Whitehouse today President Obama compared the buggy rollout of HealthCare.gov to that of iOS 7.

HealthCare.gov is a web portal that launched today that allows U.S. citizens to sign up for health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act. But the launch wasn't without problems, and many users weren't able to sign up as the site was overwhelmed by requests. 

Here's the temporary page being displayed to users that attempt to register:

HealthCare.gov placeholder page reads "We have a lot of visitors on the site right now. Please stay on this page."

President Obama noted the the HealthCare.gov website had more than 1 million visitors before 7:00 a.m. on launch day – five times the number of users that have ever visited the Medicare.gov website at one time.

Obama addressed criticism of the HealthCare.gov website by comparing it to Apple's launch of iOS 7.

"And we're going to be speeding things up in the next few hours to handle all of this demand that exceeds anything that we had expected. Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it. I don't remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn't. That's not how we do things in America. We don't actively root for failure. We get to work, we make things happen, we make them better, we keep going."

Um, make that two glitches

Politics aside, and assuming that they release a patch for the website in the next week or so, he'd technically be right. 

Right?

Scrub ahead to the 11:15 minute mark in the video.

Tip: CNET

Topics: Apple, iOS

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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