Nightly News   |  March 31, 2014

Just Hours Left Until Obamacare Deadline

Officials say this has been the largest enrollment day for the government health care site since its launch – so much so that it crashed

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>>> to sign up for the deadline or face a penalty. and with the last minute surge and people rushing to beat the clock today came new glitches with the website. white house correspondent peter alexander has more.

>> reporter: good evening, brian, a few months ago there were real questions whether or not the law would work at all. but today the white house is touting a new flood of sign-ups with those who struggled in the past. still today is was not without problems. in san antonio , long lines filled the alamo dome , in tampa, they crowded the hallway. administration officials say this has been the biggest enrollment day since sign-ups began last october, three times the previous record.

>> i want the insurance, because now more than ever i want to be able to take care of our health, signing up seens to be the problem.

>> reporter: on television, joe biden reassured people.

>> today, they can get into the system.

>> reporter: the first lady even enlisted help to make a pitch. today, the white house said substantially more than six million people have signed up. within sight of their early prediction.

>> i think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of march 2014 .

>> reporter: still, for a while today it seemed like the healthcare.gov website may finish the way it started. off line briefly this morning due to a software bug , and again this afternoon preventing new applicants from logging in. people have until midnight tonight to sign up for health insurance until 2014 through the market places and to avoid paying the penalty, the penalties are as low as $95 for adults, but by 2015 , it could jump up to $700, with a number of exemptions, still today, how many were uninsured from before, and what percentage of enrollees are young and healthy? the mix will arriving how much you pay in years to come. it will be a couple of weeks before we get the final enrollment numbers but it may be a couple of years before we truly know how well the law works. brian as one expert told me it is a promising start but it is only a start.