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Nextgov: Obamacare is on life support

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Nextgov, who reports on federal tech news, presents a solid if depressing case why Obamacare is in dire trouble. Public opinion has turned sharply against it and even some Congressional Democrats are calling for major change and maybe even dismantling it.

If healthcare.gov is fully operational by Nov 30, then maybe things get turned around. However, apparently not even Obama thinks that will happen. Let’s be clear. The website was launched way too soon. Those working on the project knew it wasn’t ready and said the White House ignored them. Thus, fault for the disastrous rollout is almost completely the fault of an arrogant, delusional White House. They forced the launch for purely political reasons and it’s blown up in their faces.

There’s a growing likelihood that over time, enough Democrats may join Republicans to decide to start over and scrap the whole complex health care enterprise. That became clear when even Obama, to stop the political bleeding, offered an administrative fix that threatened the viability of the entire individual exchange market to forestall a House Democratic mutiny the next day. It was as clear sign as any that the president is pessimistic about the odds that the federal exchange website will be ready.

If Obamacare goes down, it will kill chances of healthcare reform for years to come.

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