Official: Federal health care site should be fully functioning by end of November
October 25th, 2013
12:35 PM ET
10 months ago

Official: Federal health care site should be fully functioning by end of November

(CNN) - The Obamacare website, plagued by major problems since its rollout at the start of the month, should be functioning smoothly by the end of November, according to the official now in charge of fixing it.

Jeffrey Zients told reporters on Friday that an outside contractor will handle the task of resolving technical problems that have become a serious political flashpoint for the Obama administration.

"Healthcare.gov is fixable," Zients said on a conference call.


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  1. Peach

    And we should believe this because..................????????????????

    October 25, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Dismayed

    I just found out that my company will cease offering insurance, So I applied online at healthcare.gov and found out that my premiums for relatively same policy will go up 75% while the annual deductible more than doubles. What gives? I thought Obama said our prices would not go up???? And my current doctor is not in that plan. Is this part of the software problems?

    October 25, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. vethusbandfather

    How much extra are we paying to have it fixed by the end of November?

    October 25, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. What Now

    Certainly it's fixable. But wasn't it great that it had problems. That gave some members of the GOP yet another excuse to accomplish nothing and hold more pointless hearings. We wouldn't want them thinking about things like the economy, immigration reform, a new farm bill or education.

    October 25, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. vethusbandfather

    And how much extra will we be paying to have it fixed by November? A few million more in taxpayer cash?

    October 25, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. dnokc

    So another Billion might fix this?

    October 25, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Stephen

    They should extend the time allowed to sign up for it due to their mistakes. My mother would be required to pay 7,000 of her 9,000 a year income if she wanted the bronze plan.

    No subsidies as she's under the poverty level and medicaid isn't expanding in Georgia.

    Obama doesn't care and we all know it.

    October 25, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Getoverit

    Good deal. And "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what." Oh, wait...

    October 25, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. AAP

    As long as we have another method to allow people to sign up for health insrance while working on bugs fix, I have no problem and happy even there is a delay.

    Being so negative does not solve the problem. Governement shutdown is not acceptable in my view.

    October 25, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. John

    Will the first person that works in the private sector, utilizing computer software systems that have NEVER been buggy, please stand up and raise their hand! Anyone???? I didn't think so.

    October 25, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Conrad Shull

    Fixed by the end of November? Hmm, maybe. Those who know something written this fast with half a billion lines of code is a programming disaster aren't so sure.

    October 25, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Walt

    Is the "outside contractor" that messed it up initially, the same one that is now being paid to fix it?

    Can we just get a bunch of Middle School Nerds to fix it? I am sure they could do it in just one weekend (if they don't have any homework).

    October 25, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Yeah, but they meant

    November of 2030, when they said 11/30

    October 25, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. rosie

    Designed to FAIL. Surprise, it is FAILING!!!

    October 25, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Shalomaleichem

    In a related story…Zients admitted candidly Friday and for it he got a standing ovation
    Yes…this site by November but Obama’s 17 TRILLION in debt will take three generations !!!

    October 25, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Mike

    I find it interesting how Obama pledged new jobs, blah blah blah, and yet hires a Canadian IT firm to even build this site. Why wasn't an american base IT company selected for this project?

    October 25, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. obotmama

    obamination care is almost as big of a failure as the disgrace obama himself!

    October 25, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. ryan jerisk

    WHILE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S tech team hunkers down to try fixing the ailing HealthCare.gov website, a cadre of the president's closest advisers, including embattled HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, are responding to the crisis by — hitting the campaign trail.

    October 25, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Thomas

    This is good news ,

    GW Bush had his surge in Iraq , Obama hase his health care website surge .

    I'll take the Health Care surge any day over the surge in Iraq.

    Waiting till the end of November isn't going to kill anybody !

    October 25, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Dave

    In plenty of time for the March start date. Now Republicans will have to manufacture a new crisis.

    October 25, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. ted

    First off Stephen, I don't think you understand much about the new ACA law.
    NO ONE is required to pay more than 9% of their annual income. If you cannot find insurance that meets that, you get a certificate of exemption.
    2nd off, not sure how old your mother is, but if she's old enough for Medicare, she will not be using the Exchanges.
    If her income is only $9000, she most definitely DOES qualify for subsidies.
    No one ever said that people in Georgia were the sharpest tools in the shed, but either you are very uninformed or you are lying through your teeth.

    October 25, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. BW

    Convenient that the fix will happen after the November elections, because if it was fixed prior the Democrats would be scewed in the House and Senate.

    October 25, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Unreal

    How can this administration expect quality from anyone or anything? They are the leaders in lazy. Way to set the example Obama. You are what you are appealing to; lazy and you don't contribute to society. You got elected with words, much how most people operate these days. Shame on you Obama for being a terrible example for our citizens and youth.

    October 25, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Sandra Amazon

    Give Healthcare.Gov 2 to 3 years to prove itself. Using and publishing information to derail a National program is not responsible. After 2 to 3 years of official track record then we can decide.

    October 25, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Mikey

    Stephen – "They should extend the time allowed to sign up for it due to their mistakes. My mother would be required to pay 7,000 of her 9,000 a year income if she wanted the bronze plan. No subsidies as she's under the poverty level and medicaid isn't expanding in Georgia. Obama doesn't care and we all know it."
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    If her income is only $9K, she IS elibible for subsidies that would pay her total cost. Also, if Medicar isn't expanding into GA, blame your GOP Governor for the bonehead decision.

    October 25, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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