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Government officials say the site is fixed and ready to start signing people up for health plans for real this time

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Beverly Purcell, health insurance consultant in Aspen, Colorado navigates through, the Obamacare website that launched Oct. 1, 2013.

Let’s try this again.

The federal government began inviting people who had trouble creating accounts back to on Tuesday. After a series of software fixes, the government is sending out emails inviting back the 275,000 people it left hanging. The invites are being sent out in waves so the site doesn’t get overwhelmed by a flood of people … again.

“We want to make sure we are inviting individuals back into the system and their experience will be a positive one,” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid spokeswoman Julie Bataille told reporters in a Tuesday conference call, as reported by CNBC.

The site encountered technical problems almost immediately after its Oct. 1 launch that left many people unable to enroll in Obamacare. So far just 50,000 people have enrolled, according to early reports. The government will release official numbers later this week.