Forgive me if you’ve heard this one before. At 9 p.m. EST tonight, Healthcare.gov will be going down for “last-minute maintenance.” Saturday is the self-imposed deadline to fix the website.
It is doubtful, however, that this fix will solve all of the site’s problems once and for all. As CNN reports:
On the eve of the deadline, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius advised users to shop on the website during “off-peak hours,” which she described as “mornings/nights/weekends” in a blog post for Huffington Post.
Officials fear another huge surge in volume that the site can’t handle, which is what occurred around its launch in October.
HealthCare.gov was originally planned to handle 50,000 concurrent users, and will reach that capacity by Saturday, the White House official said.
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