The countdown is on.
The Nov. 30 deadline to get HealthCare.gov up and running is less than a week away, and while the rest of Washington is getting ready to depart for the Thanksgiving holiday, the site's tech-surge team will continue to work close to "24/7? to get the site in shape.
Perhaps purposely lowering expectations after promising a fully functional website by the end of November, the Department of Human and Health Services is now saying the glitches and problems are not over.
"The system will not work perfectly on Dec. 1, but it will operate much better than it did in October," Julie Bataille, director for the Office of Communications at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, said Monday on a conference call with reporters.