TODAY   |  November 30, 2013

Crucial weekend for healthcare website

After weeks of negative headlines about its healthcare website, the Obama administration is hoping to turn the page this weekend. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

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>>> have the healthcare.gov site running more smoothly. the president said it would reason better at the end of november which is today.

>> reporter: obama administration say there have been vast improvements to the eastbound website and they are say they are on track of meeting their goal to support as many as 50,000 users at one time by the end of the day today. they also caution this is still a work in progress . it's almost test time for healthcare.gov. friday night, president obama addressed the criticism he has faced recently during an exclusive interview with abc news barbara walters .

>> very rarely things get the same thaengs that aren't working as as well.

>> reporter: hours before the site is supposed to be ready, health and human service secretary kathleen sebelius tried to downplay expectations on friday blogging that people should shop healthcare.gov during off- peak hours and mornings and nights and weekends.

>> the system either works or it doesn't work.

>> reporter: software expert luke chunk says the website can support 50,000 users at once by day's end is not the way to measure success.

>> the 50,000 number they have put out is a little ambiguous. what one wants to know is how many people per hour could get through the system.

>> reporter: administration officials say there has been progress. the error rate once at 6% has dropped to less than 1% and the website now operates much more quickly. it used to take eight seconds for a page to load. now just milliseconds. but with glitches and error signs still being reported, health insurance representatives say a lot of work left.

>> it discourages enrollment.

>> reporter: officials say success will be when the health care website encourages enrollment. the site will be off line again todd tonight as top officials working on the site will update the public on the health