While the Federal Government has been reluctant to divulge the number of people who have signed up for insurance through the government’s health care marketplace, an independent researcher has crunched the numbers to provide some insight into the “overwhelming crush” of registrations that has caused the marketplace’s web site to bog down and, in some cases, be offline.
Kantar US Insights and Millward Brown Digital Research claim that 9.47 million unique visitors went to the federal web site during the first week. Of those, 3.72 million entered the registration area. The number who successfully registered and completed enrollment: 36,000 or less than 1% of those who began the registration process.
No wonder President Obama doesn’t want to release the numbers.
A check today of Alexa.com, a company that ranks web site traffic, shows that Healthcare.gov is ranked 3,784 in the world and 308 in the United States.
The 308 U.S. ranking puts it far behind high-trafficked web sites like Google, Facebook, Youtube and Yahoo, which rank in the Top 4.
In fact, 308 puts Healthcare.gov far below another quasi-government organization that has also drawn numerous complaints about their service: the USPS. The postal service’s web site ranks as #76 in the U.S.
No, #308 in the U.S. places Healthcare.gov in the same range as the now almost-defunct TVGuide.com (#306), the almost obsolete Dell.com (#310) and not much higher than Twitch.tv (#324), a web site that I’ve never heard of.
I wonder how many times TVGuide.com has crashed this week?