According to the preliminary November data, the number of individuals who successfully selected a plan significantly increased.
The president’s administration predicts that the service will be chosen by even more large number of Americans in early next year as the enrollment period nears its March 31 close.
“After two months of software errors and delays that have threatened the success of President Barack Obama’s signature health law, the administration said yesterday that it met its self-imposed deadline and the site, healthcare.gov, is working smoothly for the majority of users,” Bloomberg reports.
“The fumbled rollout forced the administration to scale back its original enrollment targets of about 800,000 for the first two months,” the publication adds.
A sourcem familiar with the matter, told the media that the preliminary data demostrates a steady increase in signed-up Obamacare users even before major website improvements were completed at the end of November.
Obama adviser Jeffrey Zients told reporters that a five-week emergency “tech surge” helped to obtain double capacity the troublesome portal that was designed to provide millions of people the possibility to shop for insurance plans, while making it more responsive and less prone to external breaks and internal errors.
The administration proudly revealed that the effort’s key improvement was targeted at increasing the site’s capacity to 50,000 simultaneous users, which would allow the site to handle a minimum of 800,000 users per day.
However, Zients warned that traffic volumes are expected to eclipse the new capacity as within next few weeks consumers will rush to sign up forObamacare before a December 23 deadline for coverage that begins January 1.
The adviser went on, adding that this could delay some people from completing online applications for subsidized health coverage, Reutersreports.
“The bottom line: HealthCare.gov on December 1 is night and day from where it was on October 1,” Zients told reporters a day after the administration’s self-imposed November 30 deadline for making the website operate properly for the “vast majority” of users.
“We’ve widened the system’s on-ramp – it now has four lanes instead of one or two,” he said. “We have a much more stable system that is reliably open for business.”
If HealthCare.gov works in a stable way capable of handling millions of users posting their aplications for government subsidiaries, it will help tamp down a major crisis of Obama’s administration.
However, analysts say that an improved resource is not the ultimate solution for all of problems linked to Obama’s singature law. There are still concerns on whether the program will be able to serve the estimated 7 million people it needs by the end of March, including millions of healthy, young enrollees who are needed to keep the program’s costs in check.
“The issue is really the management capacity of the Obama administration,” said Robert Blendon, a Harvard University expert on healthcare policy and public opinion. “If the website really is still working a week from now, it’ll make people feel that at least they have the capacity to turn things around and move ahead.”