Obamacare site restored (again)
The troubled federal health insurance website, which went offline just before a climactic hearing in Congress, is back in action again, officials said Thursday as tech gurus from companies including Google, Oracle and Red Hat joined the effort to fix the beleaguered site.
They said Healthcare.gov was working and handling fairly high volumes. And after days of badgering from Congress, journalists and critics, officials named two of the tech whizzes drafted to help fix the troubled site.
“Our focus now is really on maintaining system stability and testing,” Julie Bataille spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the site, told reporters in a telephone briefing.
Sebelius and CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner have both apologized for the failures. President Barack Obama has promised the site will be fixed by the end of November, ready for millions of people to sign up for health insurance plans.
The Obama administration has been wrestling with critics in Congress and elsewhere who have complained loudly about the health insurance website, which became logjammed immediately after its Oct. 1 launch. It went down over the weekend and again on Tuesday night, just before Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified at a much anticipated hearing.