- The Washington Times - Friday, November 29, 2013

It was a chicken and pasta kind of day for Northern Virginia technical geeks who were forced to go into overdrive and work their Thanksgiving meal hours to fix Obamacare’s website in time for the president’s stated deadline.

Mr. Obama has called for a redesigned and fully functioning Obamacare government website by this weekend, at least for what he said was the “vast majority” of Americans, The New York Post reported. That’s a big job, to say the least.


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And it’s one that had IT workers for CGI, the HealthCare.gov site’s main contractor, located in Northern Virginia, skipping the holiday to work out the kinks — subbing in chicken and pasta for the more traditional Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings fare, The Post said.

Even then, the work may not be complete.

“They’re working pretty hard; I can’t tell you if they’ll make it,” said one contractor, in the media outlet.

The newly designed website is supposed to have capability of handling at least 50,000 visitors at the same time. That’s twice as much as the existing capability, The Post said.