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Obamacare team touts progress, effects to be tested

English.news.cn   2013-12-02 09:54:04            

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Obama administration on Sunday touted the "dramatic progress" in fixing the flawed website of the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform.

Sunday marked the administration's self-imposed deadline for fixing Healthcare.gov, the healthcare enrollment website that has been plagued with technical problems after its debut by the federal government on Oct. 1.

"Dramatic progress has been made," said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a report.

The agency that oversees the day-to-day work of the website said "we believe we have met the goal" of making the system working for the vast majority of users.

According to the document, the Obama administration's repair team has made over 400 technical fixes to the site and restored its capacity to the originally intended level of 50,000 concurrent users.

Yet the progress has to be tested in the coming weeks as millions of Americans are seeking healthcare coverage at the online market.

The agency cautioned that more problems may still lie ahead. "There is more work to be done to continue to improve and enhance the website," it said.

The mixed message has once again highlighted the challenges that the Obama administration is facing in pushing forward the healthcare overhaul.

The online marketplace, serving consumers in 36 states, is key to Obama's signature healthcare reform aimed at involving more uninsured Americans.

The website was almost out of service during the first two weeks of operation. Many consumers have reported difficulties in signing up and getting enrolled.

Federal officials said earlier that only about 106,000 people signed up for coverage at the online marketplace under the Obamacare in its first month. The figure is well below the administration's expectation of enrolling 500,000 people by the end of October.

Editor: Shen Qing
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