Obamacare Site Finally Works
Let's just hope people actually use it.
Amen! Two months after its fiasco of a debut, Healthcare.gov appears to finally work. Let's just hope people actually use it.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced that the site now functions about 90 percent of the time, excluding scheduled downtime for maintenance.
The once faulty Obamacare site -- which had been the rallying cry for GOPers -- can now handle 50,000 users at a time and more than 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance coverage each day.
After weeks of behind-the-scenes tinkering, it appears that frozen computer screens and multiple 404 error messages are a thing of the past. "The bottom line -- HealthCare.gov on Dec. 1 is night and day from where it was on Oct. 1," Jeff Zients, President Barack Obama's appointee to lead the fixes to the site, echoed to reporters.
"We have a much more stable system that's reliably open for business," he added.
However, will people actually enroll? As the Daily Beast notes: "The best comparison to Obamacare is the Massachusetts Health Connector, better known as Romneycare, the universal health-care program in Massachusetts enacted when Mitt Romney was the state’s governor. Romneycare was fully rolled out in May 2007, but the requirement for all Massachusetts residents to have insurance didn’t take effect until December 31. The result was a late surge in enrollment in December."
The deadline for open enrollment has been extended to March 23, 2014. However, anyone who wants an policy effective by the start of the new year must enroll by December 23.
Will you sign up for Obamacare on Healthcare.gov?