WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials say there won't be a magic moment, but Healthcare.gov should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers.
White House troubleshooter Jeffrey Zients says a combination of software fixes, design changes, added hardware and new wiggle room should provide the right combination to finally deliver a workable health insurance website.
The added leeway comes in the form of an extra eight days for consumers to sign up and still get insurance by Jan. 1. A previous Dec. 15 deadline has been extended to Dec. 23. The extra time could keep some people from having a break in coverage on account of the balky enrollment website.
But the insurance industry says the slipping deadline means less time for insurers to verify enrollments and correct errors.