ObamaCare Site Going Down for Repairs
Officials promise extra capacity and better call centers
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
Gina Macaluso, an employee of Covered California, the state's new health care exchange, provides health insurance at the newly opened call center in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – The bedeviled Obamacare website is going down for repairs this weekend and should be working better by Monday, US health officials said today. The healthcare.gov site, which barely worked during its inaugural week, will still provide general information but not allow enrollment during off-peak weekend hours. "Americans have seen once again that Obamacare is not ready for prime time," said Rep. Eric Cantor, the GOP's No. 2 in the House. "A dysfunctional website is the least of that law's problems."

But the Obama administration put a good face on it, releasing a statement about the repairs with the headline, "Health Insurance Marketplace Open for Business — Week One Success." And the AP notes that other online service providers, like banks and credit card companies, regularly take their websites offline for repairs. One intriguing theory: Hackers purposely overwhelmed the system with virus-infected computers.

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DiogenesXI
Oct 6, 2013 1:41 PM CDT
Too bad there is blatant ill will and a lot of ignorance on the subject of the ACA. It is working, and is going to work better. Oddly enough, at least for those who know me, I also believe we need two parties, and the GOP is in the process of cutting their own throat by allowing themselves to be ruled by the Tea Partyers...not good...
MarkFL
Oct 5, 2013 9:58 PM CDT
Nothing was funnier than hearing Eric Cantor complain about the web site; as though Cantor is fighting for better web sites, offering an alternative plan that would include better web sites, or even offering an alternative plan that includes...ANYTHING!
sick-of-dumb-aces
Oct 5, 2013 12:45 PM CDT
LOOKS LIKE ASSBABA CARE IS ON ITS KNEES LIKE ASSBAMA IS ON HIS WITH A DICK IN HIS MOUTH SHOOT DOWN THE TERRORIST NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!