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White House mocked for glitchy Obamacare enrollment countdown clock

White House countdown clock incorrectly displays time remaining to enroll.
White House countdown clock incorrectly displays time remaining to enroll.
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Midnight Monday is technically the deadline for enrolling in Obamacare, even though the administration has extended the date for those who say they experienced technical difficulties trying to use the federal exchange website. But for a time, the White House countdown clock claimed users had up to 16 days to enroll, causing many to mock the administration on Twitter for an apparent inability to even get a countdown clock right, Twitchy said Monday.

"White House web site countdown clock for Obamacare says you have 16 days and 29 hours to enroll. You don't," tweeted CNN's Jim Acosta.

"Does that mean the 'Climate Change Countdown Clock of Death' is wrong too?" one person asked in response.


Another person said the minutes were ticking down like seconds on the clock.

Eventually, the clock was fixed and as of this writing, is displaying the time remaining to enroll correctly.

But the glitch is only the latest problem. For a time, the site was down on Monday, preventing people from enrolling.

HHS issued a statement saying their “tech team is working now to bring the system online as soon as possible,” NBC News said. According to a spokesperson, the site was down for a technical glitch.

Even after it was back up, NBC added, it was placing people in a "queue," meaning they would be notified by email when they could proceed with enrollment.

"Consumers may also complete their application by calling the call center at 1-800-318-2596. The federal data services hub is working normally," HHS added.

Additionally, NBC said, paper applications will be accepted until April 7.



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