One reason I’ve been dubious about the GOP fire-eating strategy of trying to block Obamacare by strangling its funding in the budget process is that Obamacare is going to collapse of its own weight before it even gets off the ground, while a government shutdown would give Obama a pretext to blame Republicans for Obamacare’s failures. (In this view I’m joined by George Will and Dan Henninger, both of whom I consider good company.)
News out this afternoon of more imminent failures to launch:
(AP) WASHINGTON — Days before the debut of new online insurance markets, a couple of last-minute technical glitches with President Barack Obama’s health care law are making supporters anxious and giving opponents a new line of attack.
The administration said Thursday that small business owners who want to use insurance markets designed especially for them will have to wait until sometime in November before they can finish their sign-ups. They still can start shopping right away on Oct. 1. And even with the delay, they can get coverage for their employees by Jan. 1, when the law takes full effect.
In a potentially more significant delay affecting the law’s larger insurance market for individuals, the administration quietly told Hispanic groups on Wednesday that the Spanish-language version of the healthcare.gov website will not be ready to handle online enrollments for a few weeks. An estimated 10 million Latinos are eligible for coverage, and 4 million of them speak Spanish primarily.