As of today, more than half a million people have signed up for Obamacare. However, many more people may have enrolled, but they were unable to because of glitches on the healthcare website. On Sunday afternoon, HHS officials posted a blog saying, “Unfortunately, the experience on HealthCare.gov has been frustrating for many Americans.” And on NBC's “Meet the Press”, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said, “I think that there's no one more frustrated than the president at the difficulty in the Web site.”
So, President Obama announced that the administration has enlisted the help of some computer experts to help fix the glitches, and improve the online marketplaces. Although the White House has not disclosed exactly who will be working on the site, or how many glitches need repair, they described the new team of experts as “the best and the brightest.” It may take several weeks for coders to find and correct the various problems, from people having difficulty signing up, to computers communicating with each other among at least 50 different databases. And, the corrections should be in place for people to sign up long before the March 31st enrollment deadline.
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