Health care website stumbles on last day

This March 25, 2014, photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. If you'’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy. HealthCare.gov, the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer web sites. That'’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures web site performance.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
This March 25, 2014, photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. If you'’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy. HealthCare.gov, the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer web sites. That'’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures web site performance. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a new technical problem briefly prevented last-minute users from signing up on the government’s health insurance website. The new problem comes as traffic is surging on deadline day.

Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright says technicians identified an issue affecting consumers trying to create new accounts.

As a result, new users couldn’t access the system, but the problem was later resolved.

Albright said more than 100,000 people are using the system at the same time.

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