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Today Is the Day: Has Healthcare.gov Actually Been Fixed On Deadline As Promised?


A "tech surge" was gathered and teams were "working 24/7" to fix the numerous issues with the Obamacare website, infamous for its glitches since the Oct. 1 rollout.

Will the more than a month of effort to fix the plagued website be enough though? Will it be able to handle the 50,000 users it is expected to at the same time on this Nov. 30 deadline?

healthcare.gov This is what many users saw when visiting HealthCare.gov on Oct. 1 and throughout the month. Since the glitch-filled website meant to facilitate insurance sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act rolled out last month officials have been scrambling to make it work. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

HealthCare.gov underwent system maintenance at 9 p.m. Friday, which was expected to continue through 8 a.m. Saturday. As of 7 a.m. Saturday, the website powering the federal heath insurance exchange appeared to be up and running.

Last week, between 30 percent and 40 percent of the work needed by the website still had yet to be done. At that point officials were positive about the changes, but also cautioned that it likely wouldn't be perfect on Nov. 30.

"We think this gives us the capacity we need to reach everybody we need to reach across this period of time," White House troubleshooter Jeffrey Zients said.

Zients said earlier this month that the website allowing people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act would be "working smoothly for the vast majority of users," but work on it is still not over.

"There will not be a magic moment around the end of the month when our work will be complete," he cautioned.

President Barack Obama also said in a news conference earlier this month that he couldn't guarantee that the site will be completely bug free by the Nov. 30 deadline.

While outside experts believe the website can be brought up to snuff, they said it would take more time and money.

In an interview with Barbara Walters' on ABC Friday night, Obama said, despite the website's glitches, he is "absolutely convinced ... people are going to look back at the work we’ve done to make sure that in this country, you don’t go bankrupt when you get sick, that families have that security.”

“That is going be a legacy I am extraordinarily proud of," the president said.

As for his low approval rating based on current polls, Obama told Walters he believes he has "no where to go but up."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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