Obama compares bugs in HealthCare.gov website to iOS 7

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.

TOPICS: Apple, iOS

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. 


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


Topics: Apple, iOS

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  • not a big deal

    media should not be surprise a website goes down on day one. Ask EA about Simcity LOL
  • Bad Comparison

    If Healthcare was like Apple we all would have to wait in long lines for overpriced products and services. We would have to buy health care gift cards to pay for anything extra. And the system would only provide minor updates to existing remedies, no more major breakthroughs anymore.
    Sean Foley
  • Bad Comparison?

    The comparison may be closer than you think.
    Old EE
    • agree!

      They are both doomed to fail.
      One killed by FOSS, the other by patriotic congressmen.
      LlNUX Geek
      • Uh?

        I used to be with you most of the time, but not anymore. "Patriotic congressmen"? Are you serious? They're all beholden to their financial benefactors.
      • Please insert your face into your palm.

        First, Android might be based on Linux but Google (and carrier) apps are far from open source. Ask the Cyanogen guys about that one...

        Second, they're only patriotic in their wet dreams. Not just the teabaggers, but the dimwits and moderate repugnantcants as well. They don't care about the American people, they only care about their benefactors. Don't think for a second that they do - I'm willing to bet that Capitol Hill never went from "normal" mode, except that people aren't getting paid right now - like the police force.
  • It's a Beta..

    I said HHS missed a big opportunity not calling it a beta as that means expect bugs:)
  • Big differences

    There are huge differences between iOS bugs and Obamacare bugs:

    * iOS is developed by a private corporation that has an incentive to fix its bugs quickly. Obamacare is a government monopoly. They have minimal incentive to fix their bugs, and zero incentive to provide good customer service. What are you going to do, fire them?

    * I have a choice about whether to use iOS, because iOS is merely one competitor in the mobile operating system market. There are no alternatives to Obamacare - all Americans are forced to participate at gunpoint.

    There is really no comparison.
  • Healthcare.gov is a Technological Disaster

    Here's my technical assessment of this website based on my experience trying to use it yesterday. Includes outrageous screenshots of the crashes I encountered: http://blog.fmsinc.com/healthcare-gov-is-a-technological-disaster/

    There are problems that have nothing to do with the number of users. Poorly designed, poorly developed and seemingly untested. Seems the managers have never deployed a commercial database application, much less an enterprise-quality, scalable, national rollout this required. Feels like the pre-dot-com apps used to raise money, but crashed when actually used. It is pretty though. They invited everyone to a huge party and kept the front door locked. Disappointing and embarrassing.