Fewer than 27,000 Americans have signed up for health care using federal website, HealthCare.Gov

WASHINGTON - Just 106,185 Americans have signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care.

However, fewer than 27,000 of them were able to sign up using the new federal website, officials with the Obama administration said Wednesday.

HealthCare.Gov went live on Oct. 1.

The other 79,000 people signed for coverage through state-based exchanges.

Wednesday, members of Congress held their sixth hearing to focus on the problems with the rollout of the health care website.

A House panel heard from the White House chief technology officer, who said the troubled health insurance website is getting better by the day. Todd Park says it can now handle about 17,000 account registrations an hour, and page response times are under one second.

Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of California, who chairs the panel, is looking into a long list of issues with the website, including insufficient testing and possible security flaws. But as today's hearing went on, there didn't seem to be a "smoking gun" behind the technical failures plaguing the site.

The technology has cost taxpayers more than $600 million, and the cost is still climbing.

Coloradans are not using HealthCare.Gov to sign up for health insurance. Colorado set up its own heath care exchange. That website is ConnectForHealthCo.com.

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