There is a part of the Affordable Care Act that is not at all working as originally envisioned, because the Supreme Court dramatically altered the structure of the law when it ruled that the expansion of Medicaid should be voluntary for states.
While it is true that the dominant provisions of the Affordable Care Act apply only to so-called "medium" and "large" employers, there are still several provisions that affect all employers, including small businesses with 50 employees or fewer.
If it was hard for underwater homeowners to distinguish between bankers and bureaucrats while they were losing their homes, it will be even harder for frustrated sick people to untangle the public and private strands so tightly braided into the Affordable Care Act.
The unpopularity of the Republican right-wing agenda is demonstrated in poll after poll. Congress itself has never been more unpopular in history. And yet, according to Krauthammer, the problems with the healthcare.gov website "will discredit Obama's new liberalism for years to come."
The latest polls on Obamacare are bleak. But those poll numbers will change as more people are finally able to shop for coverage on the new health insurance websites -- and find coverage that is surprisingly affordable.
Many on the political left -- including a lot of thoughtful people whose opinions I respect -- like the plan a lot more than I do. But I've just discovered a feature I think even they would agree is utterly futile.