Obamacare: Single-Payer, Here We Come

A CNBC story on August 15 headlined how "Obamacare is coming, and so are the con artists."

While scamsters will certainly have their day with low-information consumers if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into effect, the story didn't identify the law's primary con artists, namely Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and hardened leftists who still support this monstrosity.

It is becoming more obvious with virtually each passing day that those who wrote and those who are implementing Obamacare are intent on ultimately creating an entirely government-run and government-controlled "single-payer" enterprise.

If the text of the legislation itself and the occasional rhetorical slip-ups aren't convincing enough, the status of the law's implementation roughly 40 days before enrollment goes live should be.

Congress passed Obamacare 41 long months ago. Almost no one read its hundreds of thousands of words spread over 2,000-plus double-spaced pages. Even fewer understood it. Two weeks before its passage, Nancy Pelosi infamously said: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."

Kathleen Sebelius's Department of Health and Human Services has had almost 3-1/2 years to figure out what is in it, and to build the mechanisms necessary to make it work smoothly. In the process of trying, HHS has generated over 30,000 pages of regulations -- as of a few months ago.

Though you really can't in the real world, for the sake of this column let's set aside the painfully valid issues of potentially widespread privacy violations, the inadequate training of and lack of quality control over the "navigators" who are supposed to help people through the maze, the legally questionable delays of many of the law's major provisions, and the economically disastrous effect of the law's definition of a full-time employee as someone who works 30 or more hours per week.

Let's merely look at the nuts and bolts of how the enrollment process will apparently work. Based on my recent test drive, the answer is "not well at all."

My journey began late last week at finder.healthcare.gov.

The fine print there says that "this is not the Health Insurance Marketplace. It's a site that identifies some plans that are available to you right now, before the Marketplace opens for business."

Okay, I get that. But it's still a window into how well or poorly the enrollment process will operate once the Health Insurance Marketplace is in place. That window is ugly.