The shakedown problems with the Affordable Care Act were supposed to be behind us and it was going to be smooth sailing from now on. People would, we were told, first become accustomed to this new way of doing things and, then, learn to love it.
Now it seems that there may be some more choppy seas to navigate.
As the AP reports:
A huge new paperwork headache for the government could also be jeopardizing coverage for some of the millions of people who just got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. A government document ... indicates that at least 2 million people enrolled for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance have data discrepancies in their applications that, if unresolved, could affect what they pay for coverage, or even their legal right to benefits.
The final number affected could well be higher. According to the administration the 2 million figure reflects only consumers who signed up through the federally administered HealthCare.gov website and call centers. The government signed up about 5.4 million people, while state-run websites signed up another 2.6 million.
Oh, well. Nobody ever said it was going to be easy.
Nobody, that is, except the president and the former speaker of the House and the former secretary of health and human services and ...