November 28th, 2013
07:41 AM ET

Obamacare Countdown

With just two days to go before a self-imposed deadline to get the Obamacare website working right, another delay.

The Obama administration now says that Healthcare.gov won't be able to enroll small businesses for another year, after promising this too would be ready.

Republicans were quick to pounce on the administration for announcing another delay just before the Thanksgiving holiday, CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

But during a conference call with reporters, the administration was downplaying overall expectations:

"To be clear, Nov. 30th does not represent a re-launch of healthcare.gov. It is not a magical date," says CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille.

The spokeswoman admits there will be times after November 30th when the website does not function properly as programmers still have a lot of work to do.

The goal is to make sure it can handle 50,000 users at one time. Yet, there might be times when demand exceeds that and consumers will be directed to a virtual waiting line.

With all these problems however, a new CNN/ORC poll shows that more than half of those surveyed think it's too soon to tell whether the new Healthcare Law will be successful.

Posted by
Filed under: News • Videos
soundoff (One Response)

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.