Bloomberg by the Numbers: 50,000

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The Healthcare.gov website in Washington, D.C.

That’s how many users the repaired healthcare.gov website portal to the president’s health-care program can handle at one time, according to the White House.

The site that offers Americans access to the new health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama’s signature Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stumbled out of its starting gate on Oct. 1, at great embarrassment to the president and his party, which has withstood three years of Republican attacks against “Obamacare.”

On Sunday, meeting its self-imposed Dec. 1 deadline for fixing the admittedly “fumbled” site, the administration announced that its work has cut error message rates to less than 1 percent per page from about 6 percent in October. And after initially faltering with 1,100 users at a time, the site can now handle 50,000 at a time, or about 800,000 per day, the administration reported.

“Healthcare.gov on Dec. 1 is night and day from where it was on Oct. 1,” said Jeffrey Zients, the management consultant Obama assigned to supervise repairs.

See the full report on the Obamacare repair by Bloomberg’s Alex Wayne and Alex Nussbaum.

Ask, also, if logging on remains only half the challenge.

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