Obamacare website to be taken offline during open enrollment for maintenance

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:29 AM PT — Wed. Oct. 10, 2018

The Obamacare website will be taken offline during open enrollment. The planned maintenance will last for 12-hours every Sunday beginning on November first and running through December 15th.

The Healthcare.gov website is seen on a computer screen Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

While officials explain the maintenance is scheduled to happen during periods of low traffic, Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of “sabotage.” They are claiming Republicans are trying to cut down enrollment numbers as lawmakers work on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

However, the administration said the maintenance will stop the website from crashing and from facing other problems, which plagued its initial roll-out back in 2013.

The Obamacare website is scheduled to be down for a total of 60-hours during the enrollment period, but the actual number could be much lower as last year’s maintenance only lasted 21-hours.