Official: Federal health care site should be fully functioning by end of November
October 25th, 2013
12:35 PM ET
12 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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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @spike: "It really doesn't matter when it's fixed. It will collapse under it's own weight. Let it roll and let it collapse. Then we can start over with more sensible reform."

    That's what you folks said about Medicare, too.

    BTW, if you are so full of reform ideas that are better, why not share them here?

    *crickets*

    October 25, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @NATHAN WIMBERLY: "It works fine in the states where exchanges were set up. The Guns Over People tea potty will do anything to lie about it."

    Yes, including the very red state of Kentucky (must be giving Rant quite the case of heartburn, too).

    BTW, I'm sure you realize that one of the reasons the red state governors refused to set up their own exchanges was to make the national exchange as complicated and challenging as possible. Just all part of their plan to harm our country and then blame President Obama for it. Pathetic!

    October 25, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Pete

    "Lets see... even use the current number of $300M spent for the website, and that is over $42M per PERSON"

    Jason – There's a problem with your calculation. Using 7M (people) at a cost of 300M = 300M/7M = $42.86 PER PERSON.

    October 25, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Brownie

    thats the key word SHOULD br functional...they did not say WILL be functional

    October 25, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @hoapres: "It's not fixable by the end of November."

    Based on what information? Are you a developer on the project?

    October 25, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    The more I hear about Obama care the more I like Ted Cruz

    October 25, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. OccupyN4Bozo

    Is it going to take them that long to shut it down?? That's the best way to fix it....

    October 25, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    LOL at the sudden outburst from conservative fly-by-nighters. Did your bosses send you all to this particular thread? Quarter a post?

    EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE SOCKPUPPETS
    (cue evil "Empire" march)

    October 25, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. paul

    Are they gonna fix the new feature that lets you shop prices without signing up for an account because it underquotes plans by alot. My guess is it wont be working for a couple of years if that. Leave it to the government to screw up everything my insurance got cancelled and now I have no insurance because of the ACA. Now I have to have maternity care and contraceptive care which I dont need I'm 45 and gay why do I need maternity care why am I not allowed to pick what services I need. This is a total clusterf***

    October 25, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Thomas

    News flash , GW Bush finds WMD's !

    October 25, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Cathy

    They know the problems will be fixed because they have everything crossed (fingers, toes, and eyes). They are bringing in some guy to wave his magic wand and making it happen. Maybe they should have brought him in when they started realizing that there was a problem. While he is there do you think he could do that wand thing again and make the Affordable Care Act -- Affordable.

    October 25, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Deb

    Computer glitches can be fixed with a few more 100 million dollars. But that doesn't fix the promise of $2500 average lower insurance cost or that you can keep your insurance plan/doctor. Working people are looking at a lot of new taxes and higher cost. Are the poor going to be fined for not signing up?

    October 25, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Mymy

    Issa is calling for another hearing .. this time on the website for Obamacare. He is upset that it is taking over 7 hours to sign up online.. But he hasn't called one hearing to find out why voters in Florida were spending 12 hours in line to vote, and being told they should probably just go home. I wonder why that is? Isn't our right to vote the most treasured thing we have as Americans?

    October 25, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    Amanda

    What a hoot. Was it 8 billion they spent (of our money, well, China's money) they spent on this??

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Um, no. Estimates put it somewhere between 90 million & 200 million, depending on the source – both a mere drop in the bucket when compared to the twenty four BILLION – with a B – the rethugs/teabag toddlers cost us with their 16-day temper tantrum. Now that's a real hoot, isn't it?

    October 25, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    My, my, my... so many new people on here today with a large portion of them just hoppin' mad over the cost of this program which hasn't quite worked yet. I am simply amazed... No, I am totally blown away that these fiscal hawks who are so concerned over the cost of this (600 million is what we are up to now, hmmmm....). Is there a reason this outrage was suprressed from the righties when they blew the 24 Billion just the other day?
    You all sound like the mother who screams at their kid for dropping their ice cream cone after just blowing the mortgage payment at the casino.
    Would be funny if it were not so sad.

    October 25, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Harold Richards

    End of November?!

    Will an ObamaBot please remind me when Obamacare officially started?

    October 25, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Ike

    I am just baffled how anyone can be for this law unless they just are not paying attention or just a blind ideologue. Let's just put the issues with the site aside for a sec. Across the country health care organizations are cutting jobs, Doctors are leaving the practice of medicine, small businesses are not hiring or are cutting hours, more folks are loosing their health coverage than are even applying for the exchanges, the rates in the exchanges are substantially higher than what has been in the private marketplace, taxes are going up, americans who don't get coverage will be forced to pay 1% of their income as a penalty. Why is this carnage good, just to cover an additional 15% of the population? Surely, we can help those with pre-existing conditions and improve market conditions to lower costs so that more folks who want coverage can get it without doing all this damage. We shouldn't have to bring everyone else down to do this. The website issues are just an example of how truly dysfunctional our federal government has become and how damaging socialist principles are to a supposed free society.

    October 25, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. tom l

    @Data
    "LOL at the sudden outburst from conservative fly-by-nighters. Did your bosses send you all to this particular thread? Quarter a post?"

    C'mon dude. That's so below your level. Someone can be conservative and not be paid. It's a truly arrogant and offensive stance to think that if someone doesn't agree with you that you must be getting paid. Don't diminish yourself into that silly line of thinking. Also, 24 billion out of a 14+ trillion economy is really nothing and just makes for a good talking point. And I know how you feel about "talking points".... :)

    October 25, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. tom l

    @Mallory,
    You are so simple minded it's kinda sad. On one hand, with your talking point about "24 billion" you neglect to recognize what that even means. I honestly don't think you understand what that number represents nor how tiny a fraction it is of the total economy of over 14 trillion (with a T). Now, in terms of what it should cost to build a website relative to what it did cost, if you weren't anything more than a partisan hack, you would realize that number is extremely alarming. Any honest person would realize that cost is so far and above what it should have cost that it should bother you. Plus, it was a no bid contract. I'm sure you don't like those (Halliburton) so why not be consistent and criticize when your side does something wrong rather than spew the hate of the right that you do. As Sniffit says, grow up.

    October 25, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Mark J Joannie

    Getting the online enrollment problem fix, is just the beginning. The expensive out of pocket costs are a big issue for most Americans. So are the privacy issues. Most important of all, their are still 30 million poor Americans that are not even covered under Obamacare. Congress needs to work together, to fix these problems. A one year delay, for the individual mandates is a reasonable solution. It will take time to fix these problems. Let's fix them now, while their is still time to fix them. If we continue and see Obamacare collapse under its own weight, that will destroy are healthcare for all Americans. Congress please, for once, do the right thing!

    October 25, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Alina77

    He is cute.

    October 25, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Ike

    Because Medicare is already bankrupting the country, healthcare orgs take a loss treating medicare patients and make it up through those who have private insurance. You take the private sector out of it and you substantially reduce quality of care and access to care. AHA will erode the remaining 35% and drive the country to a single payer system. The root of the problem is government intrusion into the marketplace, government price fixing, taxes and regulations driving costs up.

    October 25, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. NWO

    "They will have it fixed by the end of November" I am sure they will. Ha! At a cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars and no guarantee that it will not have anymore problems popping up in the future. Start right from the beginning in the red and get worst from there. Needed months of testing to make sure that the site works right but took a shortcut and tested for a few weeks instead.

    October 25, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Tom

    It's amazing what does and doesn't outrage the Republican party.

    October 25, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. KN

    “Healthcare.gov is fixable. Period. 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.”

    October 25, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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