U.S. expects to fix Obamacare Internet problems within 'hours'

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Unexpectedly high Internettraffic volumes spawned delays on the first day of operationsfor federally operated Obamacare health insurance marketplaces,but the problems would be resolved within hours, an officialsaid on Tuesday.

The official said the online system set up to serveuninsured consumers in 36 U.S. states was functioning but thatslow speeds and problems loading pages were due to high volumes."We expect to resolve these issues in the coming hours," theofficial said.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued astatement saying more than 1 million people had visited thesystem's website, HealthCare.gov, in the past day, sparking afive-fold increase in Tuesday's volume.

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