If you've tried to sign up online for health coverage under the problem-plagued Obamacare exchange, our sympathies. Many people have tried to create accounts and shop for insurance under the new law. Few have succeeded. Those that have enrolled have found that the system is prone to mistakes. Some applications have been sent to the wrong insurance company.Oh boy. This isn't IBD or WSJ. This is the leftist Chicago Tribune, the marquee newspaper from Obama's hometown. This editorial should sink in. It should sink in for those who most need to be shaken from the stupor and cognitive dissonance: the idiot regressive leftists who refuse to see reality and blame everything else under the sun for the disaster besides the freakin' ACA itself. (See Power Line for just one example, "The Kos Kids Learn About Obamacare.")
Wait. It gets worse. Those who have managed to browse the marketplace have often been hit by sticker shock. Take Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner and single father from Carpentersville. He sought the same level of coverage on the exchange as he and his 7-year-old daughter have now, with the same insurer and the same network of doctors and hospitals. At best, Weldzius found, his monthly premium of $233 would more than double. If he chose a plan priced at the same level, the annual deductible would be $12,700, more than three times his current $3,500 deductible.
"I believe everybody should be able to have health insurance, but at the same time, I'm being penalized. And for what?" Weldzius told the Tribune's Peter Frost. "For someone who's always had insurance, who's always taken care of myself, now I have to change my plan?"
Last spring, President Barack Obama said "there will still be, you know, glitches and bumps" in the rollout of the new system. But what we're seeing now is no glitch or bump. There is a growing mountain of evidence that Obamacare has fundamental problems in design and implementation.
In any case, don't hold your breath for changes. King Barack's got his socialized medicine. It's locked in and he couldn't give a flying f-k if it works or not.
More from the Tribune at the link.