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 US
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Administration and company officials could not say how long
it would take to fix the connectivity problem.
Separate technical problems that have stalled enrollment on
Healthcare.gov since its launch on Oct. 1 are at the heart of a
new Republican effort to discredit the healthcare law, also
known as Obamacare, largely through congressional investigations
to determine what went wrong in building the costly and
complicated implementation system.