By Elise Viebeck - 10/04/13 09:55 PM EDT
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted plans to partially disable ObamaCare's enrollment site for maintenance during non-peak hours this weekend as a sign of major flaws with the law.
"The news that [the] enrollment system is already going offline confirms that the launch of the president’s healthcare law has been an unmitigated disaster," Boehner said in a statement Friday.
Boehner also criticized the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for refusing to ay how many people have successfully enrolled in coverage so far.
"This announcement is more proof that we need to delay the law and provide basic fairness, just as Republicans have called for. How can this administration tax individuals for not purchasing a product from a website that doesn’t even work?" Boehner said.
HHS announced in a memo Friday that the enrollment site's application section would be taken down during "off-peak hours" on Saturday and Sunday in order to strengthen it.
"The enhancements we are making will enable more simultaneous users to successfully create an account and move through the application and plan shopping process," the memo stated.
"We expect that Monday, less than a week after the Marketplace opening, there will be significant improvements in the online consumer experience."
HHS has been struggling to expand capacity for the enrollment system, which debuted with many technical issues, after it experienced an estimated 8.6 million visitors.
The problems seen earlier in the week were slowly beginning to improve on Friday.
This story was updated at 6:54 p.m.