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Healthcare.gov up and running more smoothly
(ABC) It's been two months since the Obama administration rolled out the health care enrollment website and, from the start, there were problems.
The administration vowed to fix the issues by December 1st.
The site is said to be able to handle 50,000 users at a time and is functioning normally 90 % of the time.
But the Health and Human Services department says improvements are still needed.
Since its launch two months ago healthcare.gov has been plagued by error messages system crashes and time outs.
But now the Obama administration says the site is on the mend.
We've made significant progress in improving healthcare.gov and achieving a system that runs smoothly for the vast majority of consumers.
The White House set a deadline of December 1st to reach that goal - and over the weekend it released a report touting what it says is significant
Some 400 software bugs and hardware problems have been fixed
The website can now handle 50,000 users at a time; 800,000 a day.
It's now accessible 90 percent of the time, up from just over 40 percent in October. healthcare.gov on December 1 is night and day from where it was on October 1.
Independent analysts say that's right. for the most part users can now log in, they care can search for plans that are relevant to them.
But there was no major unveiling - the White House is delaying a big push to get people enrolled. and there are still question marks. The site fixes haven't been tested with heavy traffic - and the administration is advising users to visit the site during off-peak times to avoid delays.
Republicans still aren't sold.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression and the first impression here was terrible. And I think it's going to be an unfolding
disaster for the president.
Administration officials are still going through the numbers but someone familiar with the data tells ABC News around 100,000 people enrolled in the federal exchanges in November. That's four times as many as October.