Healthcare.gov is ‘fixable’ by the end of November: White House

The top official sent to clean up the federal Obamacare website disaster on Friday said the HealthCare.gov site is “fixable” and will work smoothly “for the vast majority” of users by the end of November.

Jeff Zients also vowed “there will be relentless focus on speed and execution to work through the punch list” of problems that a team of private and government tech experts have identified at the glitch-plagued HealthCare.gov site.

Getty Images A message is seen on the computer indicating that there are too many visitors on the Affordable Care Act site to continue.

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A message is seen on the computer indicating that there are too many visitors on the Affordable Care Act site to continue.

“Each week, HealthCare.gov will get faster and better,” Zients said. “HealthCare.gov is fixable.”

Zients also announced that the UnitedHealth Group subsidiary QSSI will now act as “general contractor” in the rush to fix the federal health insurance marketplace’s tech problems. QSSI already had built a key component of the site, the federal data hub, which in contrast to the rest of HealthCare.gov is said to be working well.

(Read more: What did Sebelius know, and when?)

A spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the improvements being made will allow people to enroll in Obamacare insurance by the Dec. 15 deadline for obtaining coverage that would begin Jan. 1.

By CNBC’s Dan Mangan. Follow him on Twitter @_DanMangan.

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