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Is it safe to say the Healthcare.gov redesign is a success?
Not everyone was a satisfied customer, however.
The revamp of the world’s most heavily scrutinized website might have worked.
Around 29,000 people signed up for the newly patched Healthcare.gov on Sunday and Monday, sources told Politico Wednesday. That’s more than the amount of people who signed up in all of October, the first month it was live, and more than a quarter of the roughly 100,000 who joined in November.
The site, which has become the face of the Affordable Healthcare Act, has been an open embarrassment for President Obama and his signature program. Thousands of users reported long waits, bugs, and crashes, prompting frustration from citizens and Republican mockery.
Obama had set a clear deadline for programmers to have the site up its capacity to reliably serve 50,000 customers at a time, and 800,000 over the course of a single day. Tensions were reportedly high as they struggled to meet it in the 11th hour.
But not everyone was a satisfied customer.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), whose nonstop attempts to disparage the site have included posting memes of cats who have trouble with the site to Twitter and Instagram, continued venting his frustration with the site.
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.