The federal government says HealthCare.gov is now working for "the vast majority of users." Now comes the more important part.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has plenty of numbers to back up its claim that the website is mended. It cites more than 400 bug fixes, pages that load in one second (down from eight) and crash less than 1 percent of the time (down from 6 percent), and a website that's functioning more than 90 percent of the time, up from 43 percent a month ago. The site can now handle a reported 50,000 users at once, twice as many as two weeks ago, and as many as 800,000 a day can now sign up through the site.
Those figures call for both praise and criticism. The quick improvements may be impressive, but they also cast the failure to prepare the site for its Oct. 1 debut in an even harsher light. President Barack Obama can no longer claim that the three years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law wasn't enough time to build a functioning website.