The government wasn’t the only thing that shut down Oct. 1

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In the midst of debt ceiling and government shutdown negotiations on Monday, the Obama Administration launched its new online health insurance marketplace -- HealthCare.gov -- where Americans can go to shop for affordable healthcare.

However, it seems even the federal government isn’t immune from technical snags.

Nearly 3 million people tried to sign onto the federal website, only to be met with frozen screens, broken pages, and glitches -- a bumpy debut that had the hallmarks of a technology project rushed through testing to make the Oct. 1 deadline.

In the midst of the chaos, the media reached out to our own Chief Scientist, Bill Curtis, to try and understand what was going wrong with the new online marketplace and what the federal government can do to avoid these problems in the future.

You can click over to his articles all across the web to read more.

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