Tue Oct 22, 2013 AT 6:00 AM EDT
The ObamaCare exchange website failed a key test just days before it was set to launch publicly, shutting down after just a few hundred testers tried to use it at the same time, reports the Washington Post, but HHS moved ahead anyway. Then, within minutes of the site’s official launch on October 1, it locked up as the first 2,000 users attempted to complete the very first step to signing up for coverage on the site. As President Obama defended the law but not the website in the Rose Garden Monday, Consumer Reports advised consumers to “stay away” for at least another month. Meanwhile, can you hear me now? President Obama has called on Verizon to fix the ObamaCare exchange website, reports the USA Today.