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Obama declares victory on fixing website

2013-12-01 18:38

Washington - The Obama administration declared victory on Sunday in its effort to get HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the vast majority of users, saying the site had reached a goal of handling 50 000 simultaneous users after a five-week "tech surge".

In a six-page progress and performance report, administration officials said the troubled website could now handle at least 800 000 visitors per day, with the system remaining up at least 90% of the time.

The new performance levels mark significant improvement after the Obamacare website's disastrous 1 October launch, when it crashed in the face of high traffic volumes and remained down 60% of the time for weeks.

But officials remain concerned about high volumes this month, with the potential for large numbers of people entering the site to apply for insurance coverage beginning 1 January 2014.