The past few weeks have seen glitches galore for HealthCare.gov, the online health-insurance marketplace the federal government launched this month as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

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Most Americans believe the ongoing problems are indicative of larger problems with President Obama’s signature health-care law, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday.

But major snags are nothing new when it comes to Web rollouts for the federal government. In 2011, an overhauled USAJobs site experienced a failure rate of 86 percent as the system crashed repeatedly, blocked visitors and failed to perform useful searches.

That time around, the bugs persisted for weeks before finally waning.

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Many Web-development experts have said the HealthCare.gov problems underscore flawed federal IT policies, according to a recent Washington Post report. Analysts contend that most agencies have a shortage of technical staff and that they hire firms more adept at landing contracts in a complicated procurement system than creating user-friendly products.

Obama on Monday expressed anger with the site’s defects, promising during a speech in the White House Rose Garden that “they are being fixed.” He said government officials are doing “everything we can possibly do” to repair the site, including around-the-clock work from “some of the best IT talent in the country.”

A congressional committee has scheduled a hearing to examine the HealthCare.gov bugs on Oct. 30, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and several contractors who developed the site slated to testify before the panel.

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