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Anna Eshoo says don't blame Obamacare site ills on high traffic volume

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Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., took the creators of the flailing Healthcare.gov website to task Thursday, saying it was a “lame excuse” for them to blame the website’s glitches on “unexpected volumes” of traffic.

Speaking at the House Energy and Commerce committee’s hearing about the failures of Obamacare’s implementation, Eshoo – who represents part of Silicon Valley in California – said she couldn’t believe how poorly the health care website performed.

“This is the 21st century — it’s 2013,” Eshoo said. “There are thousands of websites that handle concurrent volumes far larger than what healthcare.gov was faced with.”

Eshoo said that blaming the website’s problems on high volumes of traffic “really sticks in my craw.”

Eshoo then listed several examples of websites that deal with more traffic than healthcare.gov but don’t fail.

“Amazon and Ebay don’t crash the week before Christmas,” Eshoo said. “And ProFlowers doesn’t crash on Valentine’s Day.”

If the healthcare.gov website was supposed to help 30 million Americans enroll in health insurance, it should have been able to handle 30 million Americans on the site.

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