First it was the debacle of HealthCare.gov, the botched Obamacare website, that dominated coverage of the Affordable Care Act’s rollout. The new insurance exchanges were a disaster — technical malfunctions, frozen screens, interminable wait times, error messages, lost data. President Obama had promised that the new system would make getting health insurance as easy as shopping online — “the same way you’d shop for a plane ticket on Kayak or a TV on Amazon,” he’d said. What he delivered instead, as Democratic Senator Max Baucus predicted months ago, was a “huge train wreck.”
Last week that train wreck grew huger.