The government was shutdown and the opening of Obamacare both came about on Oct. 1, 2013, but neither seemed to work out too well. The Obamacare website ended up having plenty of problems with glitches and enough traffic to make it crash, according to CBS News.
A lot of people trying to get onto Obamacare for information or to sign up, ended up frustrated or angry due to the site going very slow or just crashing. By 7:00 a.m., President Barack Obama said that over a million people had already visited the main website - www.healthcare.gov.
"That gives you a sense of how important this is to millions of Americans around the country, and that's a good thing," President Obama said. "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."
With all of the traffic hitting the site at once, it caused some Obamacare site crashes, and causing some issues. As people were seeing "Apply Now" on the main site, they soon got "Please wait" or "Please try again later" and that didn't sit well with anyone.
As of now, there are 34 states currently using the website.
Officials said they originally expected a slow start and for website traffic to pick up as the day went on, but users came in much quicker than anticipated. White House senior adviser David Simas said, "We identified problems, tomorrow is going to be better."
Even with all of the issues and the Obamacare site crashes, the White House said that the incredible amount of people trying to access the site meant a lot of interest. In the first hour, Maryland had 87,000 hits; California had 1.7 million; and Connecticut reported 130,000.
There has not been any word on how people actually enrolled, and the administration would not say.