Health care website stumbles on last day

By: AP
By: AP
The Obama administration

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013, file screenshot, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama�s signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs. For lawmakers, it is about a section of the law that may _ or may not _ require them to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Act�s exchanges. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's health care website is stumbling on deadline day for sign-ups.

Visitors to on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. At times the visitors were also directed to a virtual waiting room -- a feature designed to ease the strain on the site during periods of heavy use.

Administration spokesman Aaron Albright says the website undergoes "regular nightly maintenance" during off-peak hours and that period was extended because of a "technical problem." He didn't say what the problem was, but a statement from the Health and Human Services Department called it "a software bug" unrelated to application volume.

Albright said consumers seeking to sign up will be able to leave their email and "will be invited back when the system is available."

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