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