The fiasco of the Obamacare rollout reminds me if the moment in Alice in Wonderland when the Mad Hatter tries to fix the March Hare's broken watch by smearing it with lemon, jam, and butter. When it still doesn't work, he's perplexed at first and then says sulkily, "I used the very best butter."
Like the Mad Hatter, Obamacare "fixes" the problem with tools that are absolutely incapable of fixing the problem. No amount of butter will fix a watch, and no amount of government regulation, bureaucracy, mandates, and so forth, will fix problems that are caused by the over-regulation that already distorts the medical marketplace. The problem with health care delivery and insurance in this country is a labyrinth if bureaucratic controls and a system in which consumers do not directly pay for and choose their care. As Jeffrey Tucker writes, you can see the difference by comparing veterinary care with human medical care. When it comes to pet care, prices are low, choice is plentiful, consumers are in the driver's seat--because competition is strong. And that's because government is relatively uninvolved. But we consumers of health care don't have the same choices when it comes to human care (except cosmetic surgery, which is also a flourishing market for the same reasons). That's because of the pervasive distortion a to the market caused by government controls. It ought to be as easy to get medical care as it is to buy a burrito--or to get a checkup for my cat. Those things are affordable and plentiful because buyers and sellers have been left free to decide for themselves. But human medical care is so heavily controlled by government that hospitals and insurers don't have to satisfy consumers in order to get paid. And that is always a recipe for failure. Obamacare has always promised only more of the same-- more butter and jam and lemon. And it will never make the watch work.