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More Obamacare Woes as Verizon-Owned Data Center Crashes

A data center critical to the well-being of the Obamacare website went down Sunday, causing more headaches for people trying to sign up for health care coverage.

Operated by Verizon’s Terremark, the facility experienced a connectivity issue, causing the center to shut down and adding more woes to the government’s Healthcare.gov, in addition to similar sites operated by 14 states and the District of Columbia, Reuters said.

Since the health-care site launched on Oct. 1, there have been several technical problems that have stalled online enrollment. Congress is investigating these issues to determine what exactly went wrong in building the expensive and confusing implementation system. Many think heads should roll. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, is scheduled to testify later this week before a House committee.

The outage affected enrollment in all 50 states. The data center reportedly went down during planned maintenance to replace a networking component that had failed.

The Obama administration is confident that the problems with Healthcare.gov can be fixed by early December, giving people with a Dec. 15 deadline to enroll in new health plans and receive benefits beginning Jan. 1.


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