It’s been a rough couple of months for the Obamacare site, but a top administration official says HealthCare.gov is now doing much better.
"HealthCare.gov on Dec. 1 is night and day from where it was on Oct. 1," Jeffrey Zients, the Obama aide overseeing the repair effort to the online portal for health insurance enrollment in more than 30 states, said on Sunday, according to the Huffington Post.
Zients also noted that software and hardware upgrades put in place since late October have been effective.
CNN reported that the administration said the site can now handle 50,000 concurrent users and 800,000 consumer visits a day — two capacity goals for the portal that date back to its launch two months ago.
Zients and Julie Bataille, a spokesperson for the federal agency charged with developing and operating HealthCare.gov, said the website now works "smoothly for the vast majority of users."
Bataille also added that HealthCare.gov was now allowing "in the zone of 80 percent" of users to successfully complete a health care enrollment.
The Huffington Post also notes that this could prove to be a crucial month for the first year of enrollment via the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces. Consumers who want health coverage in effect at the start of the new year have until just Dec. 23 to select a health plan via the exchanges — including many whose current policies don't meet Obamacare standards and can't be renewed for next year.
Zients also said that HealthCare.gov’s average response time is down from eight seconds to under one second in the past three weeks.