White House Declares Victory in Meeting Goal of Improving Healthcare.Gov Website
White House Declares Victory in Meeting Goal of Improving Healthcare.Gov Website

The White House is declaring victory now that Healthcare.gov is working, two months after the troubled roll-out. The progress report says, “While we strive to innovate and improve our outreach and systems for reaching consumers, we believe we have met the goal of having a system that will work smoothly for the vast majority of users,” the progress report says.

Key points from the progress report:

  • The site will now be able to support a maximum of 800,000 visitors per day, including a target of 50,000 concurrent visits.
  • The site is now online 90% of the time, according to the The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • The “tech surge” that came to the site in late October has helped to fix 400-plus bugs and glitches on a “punch list.”
  • The average response time of the site is now less than one second, an improvement from about 8 seconds in late October.

Of course, the Republicans want to hear nothing about the website functioning properly. I went on the site yesterday and made it all the way to the submission point. I do agree that the rollout was horrible and I believe President Obama should have had his ‘Brownie’ moment and fired the people who presided over this mess.