“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”

From The Wall Street Journal:

Pricing Glitch Afflicts Rollout of Online Health Exchanges

By Christopher Weaver, Timothy Martin and Jennifer Corbett Dooren | September 19, 2013, 8:27 p.m. ET

Less than two weeks before the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul, the government’s software can’t reliably determine how much people need to pay for coverage, according to insurance executives and people familiar with the program.

Government officials and insurers were scrambling to iron out the pricing quirks quickly, according to the people, to avoid alienating the initial wave of consumers.

A failure by consumers to sign up online in the hotly anticipated early days of the “exchanges” is worrisome to insurers, which are counting on enrollees for growth, and to the Obama administration, which made the exchanges a centerpiece of its sweeping health-care legislation.

If not resolved by the Oct. 1 launch date, the problems could affect consumers in 36 states where the federal government is running all or part of the exchanges. About 32 million uninsured people live in those states, but only a fraction of them are expected to sign up in the next year.

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The obvious question arises: if after three whole years to get it right, the government can’t get a computer program done correctly, how can it reasonably be expected that they will be able to run and regulate our health care system in a manner which insures — pun intended — that everyone has health care coverage?

The obvious answer is that no one can reasonably expect that, and this is not the first of the problem the Administration has had with the Obaminablecare roll-out.

This whole thing is going to fail, and fail rather spectacularly, but it was never intended to succeed in the first place. Rather, the Democrats simply wanted to pass something, anything, which would establish the concept that health care coverage was some sort of cockamamie fundamental right, and once that was established, and this plan failed, single-payer would be the only option left.

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  1. Earlier this afternoon, my wife and I visited the local Social InSecurity Office to report the death of her mother, although her mother never collected Social InSecurity Benefits. But she was on Mediscare, and SS administers that. That went smoothly. I was waiting in the car, but decided to go in and answer the call of nature (no available trees). I was asked if I had an assault pen knife. I answered “not one that could hurt anyone” (and I had a banned assault cell phone also). So, I went in the waiting room to ask my wife what number she was. (I was also in my assault wheel chair with the twin 50′s mounted front and back :-D .) Just then the ever alert guard took two minutes to process my answer about my assault pen knife and told me I had to leave. So, my dull Assault Knife which just cuts paper, that I carried into a Federal Building everyday for 25 years, and my assualt cell phone while sitting in my assult wheelchair were asked to leave. While sitting and outside in my assualt Van waiting to leave, all sorts of characters were in and out of the building. These characters were visually much more unsavory looking than a one legged guy in a wheelchair, but I left quietly.

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