The prognosis for HealthCare.gov

The ObamaCare online health insurance marketplace rollout has been a debacle. Can it recover in time?

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It has now been 21 days since HealthCare.gov went live, theoretically allowing Americans to sign up for health insurance through an online marketplace. Nobody thinks the rollout has gone well. President Obama will reportedly voice his displeasure on Monday, at a ceremony including people who have successfully enrolled in insurance plans through the site.

The official Obama administration line has evolved from blaming unexpectedly heavy traffic for many of the problems consumers (and journalists and gawkers) are having with the site — 19 million people have visited the site so far, the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said Sunday — to acknowledging deeper problems and vowing to fix them, fast.

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