U.S. says HealthCare.gov functions unavailable to new users

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Demonstrators rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court was hearing arguments in President Barack Obama's health overhaul which, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces, March 4, 2015. A Supreme Court ruling expected in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama’s health care law. But Republicans _ not White House officials _ have been the ones talking about damage control. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration said key segments of its Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, were unavailable to new users for a second time on Monday, as record numbers of people tried to access the site hours before the enrollment deadline for health insurance.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is responsible for implementing the healthcare law, said new users were unable to access HealthCare.gov's application end enrollment tools around midday.

People already in the system were able to complete the enrollment process, officials said.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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