The most dramatic moment of the three and a half hours of grilling Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius endured by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday was a particular embarrassment for the Obama Administration.
At the exact moment Sebelius was trying to claim in her testimony that the new healthcare.gov website for Obamacare has not crashed, visitors to the site were experiencing an error message:
“The system is down at the moment. We are experiencing technical difficulties and hope to have them resolved soon. Please try again later."
Some new media actually carried the message live on their telecasts and radio programs.
"I would suggest the website has never crashed," Sibelius testified. "It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability, and has continued to function."
Whether it was a matter of semantics, rhetoric, or even technical truth, the fact is many curious and well -meaning Americans have been disappointingly greeted by the non-functioning site when they attempt to enter the application portion.
Later a spokesperson for Health and Human Services backed Sibelius’s indications.
“The site works,” Joanne Peters claimed. "But it is slow and has a lot of user errors.”
Peters suggested that “even on the first day, some people could get all the way through the system. So it did not crash. If it crashed, it would have been totally down."
Most American voters now see the massive problems with the website as just a tip of the iceberg of the future problems they will experience with Obamacare.
Rasmussen polling this week shows 52% of voters believe American healthcare will get worse under Obamacare.