**Written by Doug Powers
I keep waiting for the end credits to roll and explain it all: “Obamacare: A Farrelly brothers production.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, besieged by bad news about the new government health care website, sought on Saturday to highlight a portion of the complex system that she said is working well.
In an upbeat blog post on Saturday, Sebelius released statistics to illustrate the volume of interest in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and the speed of the “data hub,” one piece of the complex system behind HealthCare.gov.
Sebelius praised the performance of the data hub, which connects to the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service to verify applicants’ identity and income.
She said it took the hub less than 1.2 seconds to route information, and called it “a model of efficiency and security.”
A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down on Sunday, halting online enrollment for all 50 states in the latest problem to hit the program’s troubled rollout.
The data center operated by Verizon’s Terremark experienced a connectivity issue that caused it to shut down, affecting the federal government’s already problem-plagued online marketplace Healthcare.gov and similar sites operated by 14 states and the District of Columbia, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Obama administration and company officials could not say how long it would take to fix the connectivity problem.
The administration has called the data hub “the backbone of the health insurance exchanges.” Apparently the law can’t operate at all without a spine, but somehow manages to barely sputter along without a brain.
In other Obamacare news, at least the home page of HealthCare.Gov has been updated to reflect reality:
— rmack2x (@rmack2x) October 27, 2013
**Written by Doug Powers
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