The HealthCare.gov Website Will Not Likely Work By November 30th
HealthCare.gov is the online insurance marketplace for health insurance as part of a plan under the Affordable Care Act (often referred to as Obamacare). The HealthCare.gov website has been suffering with many bugs since launching on October 1st. The White House and government officials said that the website will be fixed by November 30th.
However, The Washington Post said that the government will miss the deadline. Apparently the website cannot handle traffic when around 20,000 to 30,000 people log in at the same time. CGI Federal, the company that made the HealthCare.gov website, has fixed only 60% of the bugs according to The Washington Post. Last week, President Obama made a speech in Dallas that said that the website is expected to be ready by the end of this month.
Under Obamacare, most Americans are required to have insurance by January 1st. Until the website is fixed, the government is recommending alternative enrollment options like call centers and healthcare insurers that sells plans directly.