Information technology experts who examined the healthcare.gov website at the request of The Wall Street Journal said the site appeared to be built on a sloppy software foundation. Such a hastily constructed website may not have been able to withstand the online demand last week, they said.Engineers at Web-hosting company Media Temple Inc. found a glut of stray software code that served no purpose they could identify. They also said basic Web-efficiency techniques weren’t used, such as saving parts of the website that change infrequently so they can be loaded more quickly. Those factors clog the website’s plumbing, Media Temple said.
A similar article in Reuters confirmed that the site would have had significant IT problems even if far fewer people had visited it.The award for ultimate smackdown of the Obamacare rollout perhaps should go to John Stewart for his interview with Kathleen Sebelius on The Daily Show. Stewart tends to skew left in his politics, but in the interview he expressed the frustration that lots of Americans trying to sign up for coverage must feel. “I’m going to attempt to download every movie ever made,” he said “and you’re going to try to sign up for Obamacare, and we’ll see which happens first.”We can only imagine how much more press this story would be getting if Federal Shutdown Theater weren’t playing.