The fact that some critics of the Affordable Care Act, who have worked assiduously for years to try to do away with it, repeal it, defund it, sabotage it, are now expressing grave concern about the fact that the website isnt functioning properly, I think should be taken with a grain of salt, he said.
Meanwhile, at the hearing, Slavitt said Quality Software fixed the registration application to meet the sites unexpected demand. By Oct. 8, he said, the system was processing personal accounts at error rates close to zero.
But Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., said the complaints about unexpected demand were bogus and that other websites routinely handle similar, if not greater, volumes. That really sticks in my craw, she told Campbell and Slavitt. I think thats really kind of a lame excuse. Amazon and eBay dont crash the week before Christmas and ProFlowers doesnt crash on Valentines Day.
Campbell said she believes the website will be functioning properly in time for people to purchase coverage by Dec. 15, the cutoff date to enroll in coverage that begins on Jan. 1, 2014. The Obama administration is preparing regulations that allow coverage under the health law for 2014 to be purchased up until March 31, 2014, the end of the open enrollment period.
To date, 700,000 people have completed applications and gotten determinations on their eligibility for government coverage and federal subsidies to buy private coverage. The administration has said that in November it would provide the number of people who have so far signed up for coverage on the federal website.
Lesley Clark of the Washington Bureau contributed.