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Deadline for Obamacare Website Fix Arrives

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Repairs to the U.S. government's troubled health care website continued Saturday, the deadline set by the Obama administration to fix technical problems that have plagued the site since its October 1 rollout.

The administration vowed to fix the insurance shopping website by November 30. As the deadline approached, an official from the agency responsible for the site said, "We're on target to meet our stated goal for the site to work for the vast majority of users."

The White House promised that by the end of November, the health care website would be able to handle 50,000 visitors simultaneously for a daily total of about 800,000. The administration warned that users may still encounter some delays, but the website should load quickly for at least 80 percent of users.

Earlier in November, President Barack Obama admitted he and his team had "fumbled" the startup of his signature policy plan - the health care overhaul known as "Obamacare."

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, aims to provide millions of uninsured Americans with health coverage. Health care reform was the centerpiece of the president's 2008 campaign.



The website is the gateway for health insurance plans in 36 states under the Affordable Care Act.

Only about 27,000 people overcame the myriad of online technical glitches to sign up for insurance through the site in October.

Critics say website problems caused millions of uninsured people who could have benefited to become disinterested.

Critics also worry the president's decision to extend bare bones private insurance could keep young and healthy consumers from enrolling in the government coverage. These consumers are considered critical for keeping the government program's finances in balance.

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