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Runaway ObamaCare

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As the Obama administration relentlessly bangs the drum for ObamaCare sign-ups, enrollees continue to be beaten up without mercy or appeal.

Within the patched-up mess that the government calls a website, tens of thousands of enrollees are finding that they can't fix errors that government workers made when they signed up, The Washington Post reports. Enrollees are being told that HealthCare.gov's computer system won't allow federal workers to access and change enrollment records.

Say, for example, some people find out that they're paying too much for the insurance they wanted. They're being told to pay now and appeal later, The Post reports.

Oh, they can appeal by mail and fill out a seven-page form. But the part of the computer system that would process claims is not yet built, officials say.

Authorities speaking on the condition of anonymity also tell The Post that they don't know when the appeals process will be addressed as there are other “priorities,” such as fixing the electronic system that pays insurers and adjusting individuals' coverage when their circumstances change.

If the government cannot fashion a functioning website after three years, how can it conceivably manage one-sixth of the U.S. economy through its health care takeover?

There's only one answer: As with a runaway train endangering all aboard, ObamaCare first must be stopped.

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