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Healthcare.gov Redesign Deadline Approaches

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The team of software technicians brought in to increase www.healthcare.gov's  capacity has been working around-the-clock. President Obama wants the website fixed by Saturday.

White House officials say the site can now handle 50,000 people at once, but they're worried a surge of customers over that number could cause more problems.

"They have the right people, the people have confidence that they're going to get it done," says John Engates of Rackspace Hosting.

Engates, whose company specializes in e-commerce, is one of several technology experts who recently attended a White House "situation room" briefing about the website.

"If I had to place a bet I would certainly say that I'm betting they're going to get it done."

Despite the government website problems, some companies, including Walgreens are using the new healthcare law as a model to insure their employees.

The pharmacy chain is now turning to private exchanges, similar to the public exchanges used for the Affordable Care Act. Walgreens says its 160,000 workers now have more insurance options than ever.

"Where we had two plans, we'll now have five plans with five carriers. They'll have over 25 choices we're going to provide to give them that flexibility," says Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, Walgreens Chief Human Resources Officer.

A Walgreens executive told CBS News every major employer in the U.S. is looking at private insurance exchanges as an option.

The Obama Administration says it will release an update on healthcare.gov's enrollment numbers sometime in mid-December.

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