Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, ends March 31 at midnight, but the Obamacare online federal exchange, Heathcare.gov, was down for eight hours at the beginning of its final day. The open enrollment period seems to be ending the way it began.
According to administration spokesman Aaron Albright:
...the website is typically down for maintenance during the period from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. EDT, and that as a result of the technical problems the site was down for close to four additional hours on Monday morning.
He did not say what the problem was, but a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services called it "a software bug" unrelated to application volume.
Albright said consumers seeking to sign up will be able to leave their email and "will be invited back when the system is available."
Adding to the sense of disarray, visitors to Whitehouse.gov on the final open enrollment day saw an Obamacare countdown clock reflecting that there were 15 days and 51 hours left in the open enrollment period.