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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (right) demonstrates HealthCare.gov in Miami as the computer screen reads, “I’m sorry but the system is temporarily down.”
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (right) demonstrates HealthCare.gov in Miami as the computer screen reads, “I’m sorry but the system is temporarily down.”

Meanwhile, government officials acknowledged this week that as much as 40 percent of the HealthCare.gov website has yet to be built. The system for making payments to insurers through the Obamacare marketplaces is still unfinished. This financial management element for the website needs to be built while information technology workers still are trying to correct the problems with the front-end of the website dealing with sign-ups.

The Obama administration last month promised the website would work smoothly by the end of November. But this week Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius backpedaled on that pledge, saying, “The 30th of November is not a magic go, no-go date.”

During a trip to Miami on Tuesday Sebelius experienced the website’s problems firsthand. During a demonstration of the site in front of local reporters the screen read, “I’m sorry but the system is temporarily down.”

“Uh oh,” Sebelius exclaimed.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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