Oba­macare’s bold vi­sion turns murky

Goals of health re­form act down­sized, prom­ises bro­ken

The Washington Times Daily - - Front Page - BY DAVE BOYER

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion promised to have the Oba­macare web­site work­ing smoothly by Satur­day, but even Pres­i­dent Obama knows this lat­est dead­line is another tar­get that his team is likely to miss.

Only about 25,000 Amer­i­cans were able to en­roll on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Health­Care.gov web­site in Oc­to­ber, when most peo­ple in­stead en­coun­tered com­puter er­rors. And al­though Mr. Obama and his top ad­vis­ers vowed to fix the prob­lems by the end of Novem­ber, they have re­treated from that pledge in fa­vor of a scaled-back prom­ise by Health and Hu­man Ser­vice Sec­re­tary Kath­leen Se­be­lius that the web­site will be work­ing for “most users” by Satur­day’s dead­line.

This week, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials ac­knowl­edged they are hold­ing back on a mar­ket­ing cam­paign for the pro­gram be­cause they don’t want too many users to visit the flawed site. And HHS also re­vealed this week that the Span­ish-lan­guage ver­sion of Health­Care.gov still isn’t ready to en­roll peo­ple; HHS is post­pon­ing that ser­vice again un­til some­time in De­cem­ber.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion also Wed­nes­day an­nounced another

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