WASHINGTON (AP) - Visitors to the government's health care website encounter fewer errors and the system now works most of the time, administration officials said Sunday in a progress report.
But they also acknowledged the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov included hundreds of software bugs, inadequate equipment and inefficient management.
The government says more than 50,000 people can log on to the website and more than 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance coverage each day. It's a dramatic improvement from the first weeks of the system, which saw frustrated buyers watch their computer screens freeze, website crash and error messages multiply.
"The bottom line - HealthCare,.gov on December 1st is night and day from where it was on October 1st," chief White House troubleshooter Jeff Zients told reporters.
Amid all the problems with HealthCare.gov, President Barack Obama set a deadline for Saturday for several significant problems to be resolved. The administration organized a conference call with reporters Sunday morning to give a status report.
"There is more work to be done to continue to improve and enhance the website and continue to improve the consumer experience in the weeks and months ahead," the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a memo to reporters.
The White House is hoping for a fresh start. A wave of bad publicity over the site's early failures cast a shadow over the president's chief domestic achievement.
Even with the repairs in place, the site still won't be able to do everything the administration wants, and companion sites for small businesses and Spanish speakers have been delayed. Questions remain about the stability of the site and the quality of the data it delivers to insurers.