Obama administration declares victory on fixing HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON Sun Dec 1, 2013 9:48am EST

A busy screen is shown on the laptop of a Certified Application Counselor as he attempted to enroll an interested person for Affordable Care Act insurance, known as Obamacare, at the Borinquen Medical Center in Miami, Florida October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

A busy screen is shown on the laptop of a Certified Application Counselor as he attempted to enroll an interested person for Affordable Care Act insurance, known as Obamacare, at the Borinquen Medical Center in Miami, Florida October 2, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration declared victory on Sunday in its effort to get HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the vast majority of users, saying the site had reached a goal of handling 50,000 simultaneous users after a five-week "tech surge."

In a six-page progress and performance report, administration officials said the troubled website could now handle at least 800,000 visitors per day, with the system remaining up at least 90 percent of the time.

The new performance levels mark significant improvement after the Obamacare website's disastrous October 1 launch, when it crashed in the face of high traffic volumes and remained down 60 percent of the time for weeks.

But officials remain concerned about high volumes this month, with the potential for large numbers of people entering the site to apply for insurance coverage beginning January 1.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (12)
CliftonC wrote:
Yes,they declared victory in the battle, but the healthcare war may be lost.

Dec 01, 2013 10:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:
There is an article on CNN today about the cost of those plans on the exchanges. Who believes that $1000 month, $60 co-pay doctor visits and $5000 out of pocket before coverage kicks in is “affordable”? I have two friends that have already lost the insurance they had and were perfectly happy with. The cost of replacing those plans is very expensive. I have great employer provided coverage that costs me nothing out of pocket and $25 doctor visits. When our son was born we paid zero out of pocket. But I’m very concerned what will happen when the employer mandates kick in. Wasn’t this program supposed to REDUCE the cost of healthcare? This is a “train wreck” of biblical proportions. How can pulling this much money out of the pockets of American’s in this weak economy be good for our country?

Dec 01, 2013 10:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
Sorry, but you’d have to live in fantasyland or be a liberal to call that website “working” in its present incarnation. I have insurance (was allowed to keep my old policy with two obamacare fees added on — same coverage HIGHER premium), but went to the website just to try out this vaunted “user experience”.

As of yesterday, I was able to register an account with them, but when I went to actually shop for policies, this wonderful system told me there was an error in my personal information (whether I smoke, # in my household, etc.) which I had not actually provided. It further gave me no chance to input this information or fix it.

So, this website is not usable to actually sign up for insurance in its present form. Obamacare website: FAIL. Obamacare: FAIL. Obama: FAIL.

Dec 01, 2013 10:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
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