White House says 'Obamacare' website will be fixed by end of November


Oct 25 (Reuters) - The White House official brought in tofix the U.S. government website created to enable Americans tobuy insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law saidon Friday that healthcare.gov will be working smoothly for mostusers by the end of November.

Jeffrey Zients told reporters in a conference call thatQuality Software Services Inc, or QSSI, will serve as a generalcontractor to oversee the repairs. The website has not had atechnology company overseeing the entire project. Instead, thegovernment decided early on that the Centers for Medicare andMedicaid Services would serve as the system integrator.

The company, a unit of health insurer UnitedHealth Group, already has a technology contract related to thewebsite and testified on Thursday to a congressional panel aboutproblems with the system.

QSSI produced the federal data hub and a software tool forcreating online consumer accounts, which was at the center ofearly logjam problems.

Online insurance exchanges were launched on Oct. 1 under the2010 Affordable Care Act, often called "Obamacare," to offerhealthcare insurance plans to millions of uninsured Americans.But many Americans have experienced error messages and longwaits in trying to sign on to healthcare.gov, which has become apolitical embarrassment for Obama.

"By the end of November, the vast majority of consumers willbe able to successfully and smoothly enroll throughhealthcare.gov," Zients said.

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