The same people who want to run one sixth of the US economy as well as specifically aiming at taking charge of the health care industry of the nation can't seem to get its own website to function properly, and when it does work correctly it's ranked lower than internet powerhouses such as CheezBurger.com, as cited by the internet tracking company Alexa.com and also as reported by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Oct. 6, 2013.
In spite of the Obama administration stating an "unanticipated surge of web traffic" as causing the dismal roll-out of the ObamaCare website, the WSJ has citing varied and sundry expert sources such as "insurance-industry advisers, technical experts and people close to the development of the marketplace" as to the reasons why.
At the behest of the WSJ, infotech experts examined the healthcare.gov website and gave the following results:
- "The site appeared to be built on a sloppy software foundation."
- "A glut of stray software code that served no purpose they could identify."
- "Basic web-efficiency techniques weren't used, such as saving parts of the website that change infrequently so they can be loaded more quickly."
- Overall, the above factors caused tended to "clog the website's plumbing."
Coming in the U.S. rankings at a weak #440, HealthCare.gov at least slightly edged out the Russian website VK.com (Russian: ВКонтакте, literally "in contact") which is the second biggest social network service in Europe after Facebook.
Examples and rankings of various sites that beat out Obama's taxpayer funded health insurance website include:
- The decidedly off kilter satirical site Cheezeburger.com ranks in at #437.
- Specialty retailers of toys, games, and baby apparel ToysRUs.com comes in at #338.
- Touting itself as the premiere online hip hop destination, WorldStarHipHop.com places #247.
- YouPorn.com is #102. 'Nuff said.
- Perhaps illustrating the true state of the economy, the employment search engine Indeed.com is a surprising #68.