Official: Federal health care site should be fully functioning by end of November
October 25th, 2013
12:35 PM ET
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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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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Bruce Quinn

    The website problems diguise the real problem, the law doesn't do what it was designed to do. "Aforrdable" should not be connected with the name. As soon as the site gets up, and everyone starts signing up, it will become apparent how much insurance and the quality of insurance everyone is going to get. The CA site, put up by the same people seems very reasonable. Go Figure, the FEDs got their fingers in the pie on the DC site.Non-disclosure is criminal the way it is being done. Lies are flagrant, and cover up is unbelievable. THe bottom line is that between the website issues and the astual "health care " that you get with anything below a GOLD policy, it's just a DOG THAT WON'T HUNT.

    October 25, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Bill Lumberg

    "Bob Slydell
    So we just went ahead and fixed the glitch."

    Uhhh...yeah, you had me cracking up with that one.

    October 25, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Ben

    I love all the excuses. Sorry, doesn't fly. They made a lot of promises, including that it would work on day 1. They lied, broke many of their promises. But somehow it's the GOP's fault? Sorry, that doesn't fly. And blame the contractor who said the government gave them two weeks to test, and ignored their warnings of impending disaster? Sorry, whomever was in charge (Sebelius) should have been getting regular progress reports, and from what the contractors are saying, she knew there were problems and launched anyway.

    It's not the GOP, it's not the private contractor, it's the Administration.

    Obama needs a sign on his desk that says, "The buck never stops here." Harry Truman would be disgusted with today's Democrats.

    October 25, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. grace

    We need single-payer. Trust in Obama people. It will be so much better when we can't shop around for different doctors and are stuck with what government gives us, and since there will be no competition in the field Obama can set the prices for medical care however high he wants! Oh and our government and rich corporations deserve an exemption too just like under Obamacare. That is the one thing they got right.

    October 25, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Ralph_in_FL

    He lost me at "outside contractor".

    October 25, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. DaveinIL

    So another outside contractor is going to come in and reverse engineer the original code to fix it, all in 6 weeks? I've got a bridge in Brooklyn for this guy to buy.

    October 25, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. grace

    We need single-payer. Trust in Obama. It will be so much better when we can't shop around for different doctors and are stuck with what government gives us, and since there will be no competition in the field Obama can set the prices for medical care however high he wants! Oh and our government and rich corporations deserve an exemption too just like under Obamacare. That is the one thing they got right.

    October 25, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Interesting how people on here are already declaring the ACA a failure solely because they want to fail. What do these posters get out of such a failure, should they get their wish?

    October 25, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Ferobson

    Not Obama's fault Georgia has refused to expand Medicaid which is a key component in ACA. I believe the Georgia Legislature actually passed a law specifically prohibiting the Georgia State Insurance Commission from assisting the resulting federal exchange. Good grief–pay attention as to who is really interested in trying to get health insurance coverage increased.

    October 25, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Cheese Roll

    AKA...BS! Gesundheit!

    October 25, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Mayveeeh

    Dismayed

    1. Your company dropped coverage because the current system is broken and costs got too high
    2..You were part of a group and had your employer not screwed you then no change
    3. As it is – given a group policy is experience and AVERAGE age rated – I bet you are older then the average of the company and thus face an age appropriate price

    Without Obamacare – if you had a prior condition you would not have to worry about the price as no one would sell you any coverage

    October 25, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Dear "Dismayed,"

    If you voted for Obama, this is what you asked for. Don't ask "what gives?" Had you been paying attention all along, you would have seen this coming a miles away. By way of your reaction, I believe there is a glimmer of hope for our nation to get people back into thinking things through and demanding details from politicians.

    October 25, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. bdby

    Once again the Obama socialist administration is lying to the American public. Working in the field and hearing about the abortion that is taking place I venture to say it is going to take at least 3-6 months of rigorous testing of the software. And this after you finish reviewing all the code. That should take any where from 3-5 months. The numbers don’t add up.

    Another day another lie from the Obama socialist administration once again.

    I wouldn’t HOLD MY BREATH on counting it working by 11/30.

    October 25, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. mike

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

    lol.

    October 25, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Harvey

    It is now obvious that ACA web portal is of a modular architecture (sound practice, by the way) but the interface between the modules was so incorrect as to invalidate the entire web site. In order to fix this, EVERY connection between the various modules, and there may be THOUSANDS of them, has to be rewritten AND unit tested. Only then can you test the entire system, and a reasonable test phase would take weeks, perhaps as many as 6. It is 5 weeks (and a few days) to the end of November .. November 2014 may be more correct.

    What a load of steer manure ..

    October 25, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. grace

    I completely trust in our government to run my healthcare competently and you should too! And we should all pay MORE for it rather than what we were paying before, even though Obama promised we'd pay less... why? Because it's just that good!!

    October 25, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Juan Jiminez

    Blame the GOP governor!? Are you serious? We wouldn't even be having this conversation if it weren't for the current socialist in office. One hundred thousand of folks across the country got dropped by their insurance this week. Insurance premiums going thru the roof. This will affect everyone in a bad way. Even you.

    October 25, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Mayveeeh

    Bruce

    The price – and appearance of reasonable has nothing to do with State v Fed site

    The price has everything to do with how many companies participate and thus the level of price competition

    In CA a liberal state – the state encouraged entrants and they have a TON of companies offering coverage and low prices (and their cost in CA is low to start with due to low hospital utilization rates based on history too long to go into here)

    In RED states where the local GOV discouraged the plan – there will be less competition and higher prices – that is the reality

    If price is too high – move to a state with more competition – like a Blue State like NY or CA where prices are falling

    October 25, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. bdby

    I demand that my comment make it to the board, They are valid. You minders are violating my rights.

    October 25, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. jonjojr

    keyword here is: "should" be fixed

    October 25, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Jason

    What are all the tech czars doing?

    October 25, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. noteasilyswayed

    I love all of the right wingers now complaining about the website of a program that they wanted to defund or delay..... all of this will be behind us in two or three months and people will either embrace the ACA and sign up for it, or will decide to pay the penalty and go without insurance or choose other plans. I also read this morning that right wingers are now trying to get judges to rule that people who live in states that did not set up exchanges should not be eligible for any subsidies.... here again the right wingers show their true colors..... they are not interested in what is good for the average American, just interested in destroying any programs that Obama has set up. I cannot wait to vote against these ideologues in the next two elections. The GOP is committing slow suicide.

    October 25, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Mike

    Government has had years to implement this program. An outside contractor is going to fix the problem created by other contractors in five weeks. What a stooge.

    October 25, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Doc

    LOL!! Then when it is fixed the REAL disaster will be reveled!! Insane Insurance rate increases and apathy by Obama's kids! Barry care is DOA!!

    October 25, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. bugmetoo

    Who is fixing it now? The Three Stooges?

    October 25, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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