ACA website bugs continue

The federal health-care exchange website still doesn’t work

President Obama conceded there is “no sugarcoating” the technical difficulties hindering Americans’ attempts to obtain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s health-insurance exchange website, though he insisted the problems will be ironed out.

Software developers for the website said that they worried about the system’s readiness for months prior to the health-insurance exchange’s launch on Oct. 1, according to As glitches continue to plague users visiting the website, the Obama administration has encouraged people to enroll over the phone, while additional technical experts from within and outside the government are being brought in to address the problems.

The White House also seemed to indicate that, come tax season, those who fail to enroll due to online difficulties will not be forced to pay the penalty for not purchasing health insurance, as the ACA mandates.