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Obamacare websites crash: Due to overwhelming demand

FOR DIEHARD critics of President Obama’s health care overhaul, the crashes plaguing the websites of many state and federal insurance exchanges upon their launch Tuesday were yet another indictment of the law. “It’s 12:09 a.m. EDT,” crowed one GOP House member on Twitter, “and the Obamacare exchanges do not work.” That same Tuesday, House Republicans were willing to let the federal government shut down to further their own efforts to defund Obamacare.

Unfortunately, the GOP’s hard line against the Affordable Care Act has taken strikingly little account of a major reason why HealthCare.gov and state exchange sites were crashing: Because there’s enormous pent-up demand for reliable health coverage in much of the country, the sites were mobbed with traffic from people who need health coverage and wanted to assess their options. Clearly, the federal government didn’t make sufficient provision, but the rush also helps explain why the law was passed to begin with.

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