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Don’t Be Alarmed by Obamacare’s Failures

House Republicans trying their damnedest to stop Obamacare in its tracks aren’t the only ones who foresee chaos when state health-insurance exchanges open one week from today. President Barack Obama himself has told Americans to expect “glitches” and “hiccups.”

That’s an understatement. It’s the surest bet since the 1936 presidential election: Things won’t work perfectly when the gears begin turning on the giant new public health-insurance sales machine, the likes of which the U.S. has never seen. Exchanges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are to sell a variety of private insurance policies to some 7 million Americans not covered by employer plans -- while simultaneously processing subsidies for people with incomes low enough to qualify.