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Obamacare Website Reportedly Off to ‘Rocky Start’ on Deadline Day

Healthcare.gov reportedly experienced a “rocky start” Saturday as the administration’s deadline for HealthCare.gov to be running properly draws to a close.

On Friday evening, the U.S. government reportedly took the healthcare registration site offline for an “unusually long maintenance period,” NBC/Reuters reports:

Just hours before the Obama administration’s self-imposed deadline to get the insurance shopping website working for the “vast majority” of its users by Saturday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it was taking down the website for an 11-hour period that would end at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday.

The typical website shutdown is reportedly seven hours, making this 11-hour closure a potentially “major setback” to the Obama administration’s attempts to revamp the website’s functionality and rehabilitate the program’s favorability among voters.

Reuters reporters Roberta Rampton and Sharon Begley speculate that, “[a]t the very least, the shutdown suggested that nine weeks after the website’s disastrous launch on October 1 … U.S. officials are nervous over whether Americans will see enough progress in the website to be satisfied.”

“[I]f the website does not work for the ‘vast majority’ of visitors this weekend as the administration has promised,” the reporters wrote, “uninsured Americans from 36 states could face problems getting coverage by an initial December 23 deadline.”

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