November seemed to be more kind to the "Obamacare" website than October was and that is much needed good news for the Obama administration.
Due to the botched roll out of healthcare.gov, the new health care federal marketplace only enrolled 26,794 in private plans in October. In additional 79,391 signed up through state run exchanges set up by 14 different states. According to Bloomberg, signups for November are reported to be around 100,000 through the federal exchange, nearly four times the numbers reported in October. November 30 was the date the administration set for themselves to fix the majority of the website issues and it seems like most are under control. During a conference call, Jeff Zients, the White House economic adviser who is spear heading the website fix, says that the website is "night and day" compared to the original roll out on October 1.
"The bottom line: HealthCare.gov on December 1 is night and day from where it was on Oct 1...This is where we experienced a huge bottleneck when the site first launched...Many more users can create new accounts and log on. In effect, we widened the system’s on-ramp. It now has four lanes instead of one or two.”
While there are still some issues, the website works 90 percent of the time, system response time has fallen from eight seconds to less than one second and the website can hold up to 50,000 users at a time. The Obama administration has had to deal with backlash, not just from Republicans and conservatives, but from many within their own base who have been critical about the health care website roll out. President Obama took the blame himself, stating that his administration "did fumble the ball on it (the roll out) and what I'm going to do is make sure we get it fixed." As Ezra Klein of the Washington Post points out, as the healthcare.gov website improves, so will "Obamacare." but only time will truly tell.