CGI Federal won the contract to build the Obamacare webpage in 2011. Back then, they said it would cost 93.7 million. Today, taxpayers have paid six times that original figure for a busted product.
According to USA Today, Healthcare.gov was built to handle just a little more than the peak simultaneous traffic of the social security website for a much larger demographic!
Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, says healthcare.gov was only built handle a volume of 50,000 or 60,000 simultaneous users, reports USA Today.
He also claims that all the glitches in the website, which include logging off users, failure to load drop down menus, and outright system crashes, are caused by the sheer volume of traffic on the page.
In short, the expensive healthcare.gov was designed to serve citizens of all ages, but, the web-developers only built the site to handle the peak traffic of a webpage that is visited primarily by senior citizens!
No one knows why CGI Federal didn’t write the website’s code with a higher capacity for traffic considering major websites visited by Americans daily generally have concurrent traffic in the millions.
According to Chartbeat, the Fox News website was built to withstand over one million simultaneous visitors, which is a good thing, because Fox’s peak record traffic is 1.2 million concurrent viewers.