HealthCare.Gov Site Picks Up Speed

Monday, December 02, 2013

A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange internet site October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty)

Obama administration officials say HealthCare.gov is finally operating smoothly.

After its launch in October, the site was only functioning 40 percent of the time, but now HealthCare.gov is finally functioning 90 percent of the time, according to reports.

Still, some lawmakers say the fixes come far too late to truly give Americans enough time to enroll.

HealthCare.gov can reportedly now handle 800,000 users a day. But with Americans rushing to meet the December 23rd enrollment deadline in order to get coverage by January 1st, administration officials admit the site might become overloaded.

Congresswoman Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado’s 1st district, is among those who have been concerned. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the Affordable Care Act exchanges and what consumers should expect going forward.

Guests:

Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Barbara Crow

John Hockenberry, I found your interview of Congresswoman Diana DeGette to be disrespectful. Your questions were shallow, way off the point, and confrontational. Asking the The Congresswoman to compare the healthcare.gov website to the roll out of Kindle was bizarre. The level of complexity between the two projects is like comparing our solar system to the galaxy. Your question challenging her support of the ACA with threats to her re-election makes so many erroneous assumptions about her constituents and the ACA itself. You basically told her " condemn the ACA or your constituents won't elect you". This is another example of the media spinning the story to promote failure of a much needed healthcare reform. I'm disappointed in MPR for supporting your style of "journalism".

Dec. 02 2013 04:03 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Nobody is prepared to pay taxes at the level necessary to have Amazon or Microsoft level IT delivery for ObamaCare. Why the government is carrying the ball AT ALL in building a website to funnel customers to FOR PROFIT insurance companies is already an example of cost-shifting (FROM THEM TO US) that I don't entirely understand.

If the people are paying to develop the website, their ought to be an option to buy into a public option, don't you think?

Or am I missing something again?

Dec. 02 2013 03:19 PM
Mary in NC from North Carolina

If Democrats are smart, they will back Mr. Obama all the way to the end of his term.

Republicans have been trained to stay on message and stick with their leaders, which makes them more electable. Divided they fall is one lesson they have well-learned.

That Dems would abandon Mr. Obama shows how weak are the lily-livered Dem elected officers of our country. and it's pretty pathetic that elected legislators would add more fuel to the fire of Dem divisions.
If we stick together and stick to our beliefs as strongly as the right-wingers do, we have a better chance of taking back our country from ALEC and the C Street operatives.

Dec. 02 2013 02:24 PM

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