Obamacare Website Goes Dark For Nightly Fix-It Work

Posted at 12:35 PM, Nov 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-04 12:35:14-05

healthcaregov(CNN) — Insomniacs and chronic wee-hour shoppers: Take shopping for Obamacare insurance on the federally run website off your overnight shopping lists — at least for a while.

The part of the problem-plagued website that allows people to apply for coverage will now be taken offline nightly between 1 and 5 a.m. ET, according to a banner now appearing atop the site’s home page.

“The Health Insurance Marketplace online application isn’t available from approximately 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. EST daily while we make improvements,” the banner reads. “Additional down times may be possible as we work to make things better. The rest of the site and the Marketplace call center remain available during these hours.”

The nighty blackout comes amid furious efforts to fix the website and a new warning by the White House that initial enrollments are likely to fall short of expectations.

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