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November 16, 2013

Editorial: There's more wrong with Obamacare than some broken websites

We were treated last week to a singular spectacle in American history: A president took to the airwaves to apologize for the failings of his signature program and the harm it has caused millions of citizens.

But what President Obama offered Americans who are losing their health insurance by the hundreds of thousands is not a fix for his misbegotten “Obamacare” scheme but merely a promise to ignore the law, giving its victims a year’s reprieve before the hammer well and truly falls.

Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that took effect Oct. 1, insurers can no longer sell health plans that do not meet the government’s standards. These plans may not have been perfect, but they worked for those who do not get insurance from their employers and purchased it on their own. And the president and his supporters had sold Obamacare on the promise that “if you like your current health insurance, you can keep it.”

That was a lie from the outset. And now millions of Americans are learning its consequences. They are receiving letters from their insurers notifying them their health insurance is cancelled. And when they turn to the “exchanges” set up under the law, they find the websites crashed or inoperable. Those few who are getting new plans are finding they are far more expensive than the insurance they replaced.

This is nothing short of a disaster. But it reveals the rot at the core of the American Left: An obsessive desire to control every aspect of ordinary Americans’ lives combined with rank incompetence in achieving those ends.

We suppose we ought to be grateful for the incompetence. The ineptitude of the Democrats in implementing their social engineering plans is the only thing that has preserved a modicum of personal freedom in America.

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