Nov. 30 - Americans are getting their first peek at the revamped Healthcare.gov website, the glitch-laden system that is the backbone of President Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul. Karen Hendren reports.
Americans are getting their first look at Healthcare.gov after its five-week, round-the-clock technology fix. The website, the backbone of President Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul, has been plagued by errors, outages and slow speeds since its disastrous October 1st launch. John Engates, an I.T. expert who briefed the president at the White House this week says no one can say how well the site will work. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN ENGATES, I.T. EXPERT, RACKSPACE HOSTING SAYING: "If I had to place a bet I would bet it gets done but there's no way for sure to know." But the administration says that 90 percent of website users can now create an account on the system, designed to help millions of people sign up for new insurance plans. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "By the end of this month it will be functioning for the majority of people who are using it, they'll be able to shop, see what their choices are." Officials have been careful to say that the overhauled site won't work for everyone and could still be overwhelmed by traffic at times. Healthcare.gov's many problems could impact the 2014 elections as well. Some congressional Democrats have already shown signs of distancing themselves from the president and his healthcare program. Polls indicate that the President's credibility has been tarnished by the site's problems as well as his admission that he overreached in promising that everyone who liked their healthcare plan would be able to keep it under the new law.