Obama's fixer-upper website races to catch up

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's fickle health insurance website is finally starting to put up some respectable sign-up numbers, but its job only seems to have gotten harder.

Two months in and out of the repair shop have left significantly less time to fulfill the White House goal of enrolling 7 million people for 2014 by the end of open enrollment Mar. 31.

HealthCare.gov is the online portal to subsidized private insurance for people who don't have job-based coverage.

It's too early to say whether the corner's been turned, but Obama is inviting consumers to give the website a second chance.

Among the changes: faster speed and greater availability, a new window-shopping feature, a reset button to clear old, useless applications and a queuing system for when the site is overloaded.
 

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