Obamacare Website Overhaul Promises to Accommodate 90% of Users

But officials won't say how many will actually be able to complete enrollment

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Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters

After five weeks of maintenance on the Affordable Care Act’s glitch-ridden website, Americans should have an easier time logging on since its launch Oct. 1, officials say.

The website’s registration functions were up and running Saturday, a departure from the crash error messages many users experienced since its launch last month. White House officials say it can now handle up to 50,000 users at once, accommodating up to 90% of users,  Reuters reports. However, no numbers were provided on how many users could actually complete the enrollment, and during peak hours some users may be directed to return to the site at a later hour.

“With the scheduled upgrades last night and tonight, we’re on track to meet our stated goal for the site to work for the vast majority of users,” said Aaron Albright, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman in a statement to Fox News.

With a Dec. 23 deadline, officials hope to enroll around 7 million uninsured and under-insured people in 2014. The botched rollout of President Obama’s healthcare marketplace was mired in function errors, causing the delay of insuring thousands of Americans. 

[Reuters]

59 comments
brotherskeeper
brotherskeeper

@ reallife Like I said what's your PLAN until you repubs answer that question we have nothing to debate . snide remarks are not a PLAN . AND THAT.S ALL YOU GUY.S HAVE . You are devoid of  Ideas ..  The IDIOT party is in the hisssouse!!!!!  no new ideas just recycle the old ones.

sallyedelstein
sallyedelstein

Healthcare.gov has come out of hospice care and is recovering nicely. The Republican healthcare hysterics and hand wringing was for naught.Republicans have long suffered  from Chronic Obstructive Healthcare Syndrome, echoing those alarmist during the cold war when  Republican lawmakers wanted to make sure the US would not catch a bad case of socialized medicine http://wp.me/p2qifI-1Hi

brotherskeeper
brotherskeeper

Could someone tell me what's is the Republican plan for health care . Okay you say Obama plan is terrible it's no goods,death panels and all that lies; but one thing I was always taught by my grand mother who never went to Harvard " A BAD PLAN IS BETTER THAN NO PLAN" Why are we letting the Repubs get away with this they DONOT have a healthcare plan but are critising the Presidents plan they need to shut to hell up and come up with a plan. Why are we letting them get away with this put your plan out there and let the people decide who has the better plans, but they can't because big Insurance companies and Pharma have them in their pockets. They are getting peanuts for  their intransigence no wonder their logo is an Elephant. They need to get out of the way of progressive people, they are hold the country back . Be Gone Repubs you are not the solution to this country's problem. BE GONE.

astroguy54
astroguy54

Millions of Americans will be praising the reform of the healthcare industry by the ACA by the time March rolls around.  Tea Potty members will be left trying to create another phony "crisis."

fitty_three
fitty_three

It will be interesting to watch you teabaggers huff and puff as Obamacare drops further down the scale of gotcha reporting. Once it settles into the obscurity of success like Social Security has, you're going to have to find some other "scandal" to furiously inflate, and it doesn't seem like Benghazi is gonna fly any more.

But hey, by all means why don't you teabaggers shut the gubmint down again! Yeah! That'll work!

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Dissection concluded:

7) "The botched rollout of President Obama’s healthcare marketplace was mired in function errors, causing the delay of insuring thousands of Americans."

This is by far the most troubling piece of the article, because it speaks in the past tense.  The website is still mired in functional errors (not "function errors" - the author clearly does not work in IT).  People are still facing problems signing up, and delays still abound nation-wide.  Those are things occurring in the present, but TIME treats it as, "water under the bridge."  With a "90% fix," the Obama Administration will miss its month-end deadline, and those problems will continue.

In a nutshell, this article merely parrots what Administration officials are saying without offering any critical analysis or skepticism whatsoever.  Readers should expect more from a news outlet like TIME, and TIME should know better than to post such powder-puff pieces.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Dissection continued:

4) "However, no numbers were provided on how many users could actually complete the enrollment, and during peak hours some users may be directed to return to the site at a later hour."

Really, "no numbers were provided?"  Than, why would a respectable news-source (like TIME) publish such news if there was no evidence to go off?  Why wouldn't a news outlet question such the lack of data?  Seems rather odd.

5) "“With the scheduled upgrades last night and tonight, we’re on track to meet our stated goal for the site to work for the vast majority of users,” said Aaron Albright, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman in a statement to Fox News."

Again, where is the proof to support those claims?

6) "With a Dec. 23 deadline, officials hope to enroll around 7 million uninsured and under-insured people in 2014. "

Well, is that goal realistic?  Is past still precedent (i.e. are the problems fixed?)?  Or, is it wishful thinking?  Again, it seems like officials - both inside and outside of the White House - want Americans to take their word at face value.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Let's dissect this article from a purely objective stand-point:

1) "After five weeks of maintenance on the Affordable Care Act’s glitch-ridden website, Americans should have an easier time logging on since its launch Oct. 1, officials say."

Is that actually true?  What are the current statistics of log-on/enrollment time?  The "officials" provide no evidence, and TIME Magazine does not express skepticism of the officials' unsubstantiated claims.

2) "The website’s registration functions were up and running Saturday, a departure from the crash error messages many users experienced since its launch last month."

Again, facts, figures, statistics to substantiate that claim?  TIME provides none.

3) "White House officials say it can now handle up to 50,000 users at once, accommodating up to 90% of users,  Reuters reports."

Any evidence?


False_Believer
False_Believer

Health insurance is politicized for a reason, but not a good one. Health insurance is a gun employers hold against the heads of employees. Loss of insurance coverage can be catastrophic, and they are counting on it. Give people an alternative to employer-provided coverage and they have more bargaining power. That's why it is such a hot potato. Moreover, it costs everyone to maintain an army of uninsured people. They show up at emergency rooms when their condition is more expensive to treat than it would have been if they had access to preventive care, and the costs are passed on to you. While we could wish for a better solution to this self-inflicted problem, Obamacare is unfortunately the only game in town.

Mr.Stark
Mr.Stark

"With a Dec. 23 deadline, officials hope to enroll around 7 million uninsured and under-insured people"

What a joke.

JugglingForCure
JugglingForCure

The ACA , of course, is a huge overhaul of the medical insurance industry.  We should expect  a rough beginning.  Are some of us writing it off too fast?  

firmsoil
firmsoil

"... "no numbers were provided on how many users could actually complete the enrollment, and during peak hours some users may be directed to return to the site at a later hour."

The cardinal reason americans are defrauded like this is because of a bunch of uneducated harvard lawyers who have messed up this country's freedoms by passing extremely poor quality sub-standard laws to rule serfs called people!

JohnNagel
JohnNagel

your looking kind of green barry for a guy who plays so much golf

feel the walls of impeachment closing in on you?

falcon269
falcon269

It's about promises? Honestly? It's not about the law and the benefits of health coverage for tens of millions? Have you become some sort of Tea Bagger  lunatic?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Surprising that there are still enough idiots that will believe Obama and his cohorts at the drop of a hat. 

barneydidit
barneydidit

So Republicans continue to try the "Don't look at our failures...look at those glitches over there" approach to governing I see. It's also good to see news (well...the lamestream liberal media according to Palin) sources like CNN and even the Wall St. Journal increasingly pointing out areas of the country where people are benefiting significantly from Obamacare. Just watched a full 10 minutes on CNN where they interviewed people in California and Ohio who were uninsurable 30 days ago, and now have coverage for under $275 a month per adult in the family. 

reallife
reallife

@brotherskeeper i guess you're grandmother was a fan of Chamberlain... he had a plan

we know how well that worked

LOL


emeraldseatown
emeraldseatown

@astroguy54 The ACA was passed with a ten-year rollout, so "success" can't be judged for at least another five years. Failure, however, might become obvious much quicker.

reallife
reallife

@fitty_three "...you're going to have to find some other "scandal"..."


yes we can, yes we can, yes we can


LOL



manlyman
manlyman

@fitty_three  Benghazi is out of the picture? You're actually that dumb? Oh wait...



astroguy54
astroguy54

@Mr.Stark   Skyrocketing healthcare, Big Pharma and mega wealthy doctors are the jokes, if you're in a laughing mood.

FungsterPaul
FungsterPaul

@JugglingForCure 

Yeah - Russia tried communism for 70 years before they gave up on it. Just another 20 or 30 more years and they would have worked out all the kinks. What a waste to invest so much in a transformative social innovation just to give up in haste?

falcon269
falcon269

@firmsoil The website has what to do with the law? You need to put the KKK duncecap back in the closet.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@JohnNagel Walls of impeachment? What exactly would he be impeached for, cleaning up 8 years of GOP idiocy?

MaxWright1
MaxWright1

@falcon269 What's crazy about the tea party? Financial planning? Passing a budget? Living within our means? Wise up. You are on the wrong side. There is no free lunch. Get used to it.

BobJan
BobJan

@ReneDemonteverde even more surprising is that there are conservatives that think the Tea Party and Republicans give a crap what they care about. All they care about is "campaign contributions" to get elected and reelected so they can feed at the taxpayer trough.

emeraldseatown
emeraldseatown

@barneydidit How much are they being subsidized to bring it down to $275 a month? That difference is not being made up by insurance executives' charity, it is taxpayer money.

paulejb
paulejb

@barneydidit 

As Thomas Sowell put it: Was that iceberg that sank the Titanic also a "glitch?"

Mr.Stark
Mr.Stark

@astroguy54 @Mr.Stark Your point is irrelevant to my comment. My point stands that enrolling over six and a half million people this month is not going to happen. Not even close.

firmsoil
firmsoil

@falcon269

Sheeple like you are directly responsible for uneducated voter and their stupid leader horrors like 

"95% of income gains from 2009 to 2012 went to the top 1%".

"millions have lost their health insurance" because of the fraudulent lie "If you like your plan, you can keep it, period".

"we have to pass the bill to find out what's in it."

:

BobJan
BobJan

@MaxWright1 @falcon269 financial planning on $8/hr? Passing a budget/while spending TRILLIONS on 2 wars? No free lunch? Congress is on a permanent free lunch. The have a free salary, free health care, free pension, free vacations, free everything and then rake in millions from the campaign contributors.                                                                                                                                 Tea Party=freestuff                                                                                                                            Democrats=free stuff                                                                                                                         Republicans=free stuff

All politicians=free stuff for them it's always a free lunch.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@MaxWright1 @falcon269"What's crazy about the tea party?"

"KEEP GOVERNMENT'S HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE!" 

A bunch of racist, authoritarian-following lunatics, completely divorced from observable reality. Other than that, they're perfectly sane.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MaxWright1 @falcon269 The fact that you are nothing more than pawns for  the Koch Brothers and big Tobacco, that need useful idiots to roll back environmental standards and worker's protections.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@barneydidit @ReneDemonteverde Idiot number one. Maybe if you could point out one thing that Fox News said that is untrue we could get somewhere. Bet I could point out ten Obama lies for one Fox News lie. 

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@MaxWright1 "$275 per month! What a deal!"

You should probably take into account that: 1) yes, that's a very reasonable premium (have you ever bought insurance pre-Obamacare?) and 2) it's for actual decent coverage (unlike previous private market plans) and they can't kick you off just because you get sick.


manlyman
manlyman

@BobJan @MaxWright1 @mantisdragon91 obamacare is death panels by default. When there isn't enough of anything to go around, how do you determine who gets what? Do you pay to have an old chair refurbished when all you have is just enough to pay the rent?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@shepherdwong Forget it. You look intelligent enough in your picture. Does intelligence comes only skin deep for you ? Media matters. Humbag. Why dont you include MSNBC too ?

manlyman
manlyman

@shepherdwong mediamatters shleppy? Really? You ain't gonna get far with that one dude. Not even among your liberal peers. Most of them anyway...

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@ReneDemonteverde "Maybe if you could point out one thing that Fox News said that is untrue we could get somewhere."

Take your time (you'll need it). And don't bother dismissing the source, that's just your epistemic closure talking.:

http://mediamatters.org/

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ReneDemonteverde Is that why Fox News isn't even considered a News Channel in Canada. The simple fact that unlike us they actually require their news programs to be honest.