CHICAGO - The Chicago Tribune's editorial on the ObamaCare disaster is drawing national attention as the paper pans the rollout and what Illinoisans are discovering the Democrats' healthcare system means for their family budgets:
- Illinois officials boasted that insurance premiums here would be lower than expected. But the Tribune reported Sunday that 21 of the 22 lowest-priced plans offered for Cook County residents have whopping annual deductibles of more than $4,000 for an individual and $8,000 for family coverage. That's much more than many families can afford to pay.
- The Obama administration delayed issuing major rules to set up the exchanges until after the 2012 presidential election and refused to push back the Oct. 1 launch date, lest Republicans take political advantage, The New York Times reported on Sunday.
- Sloppy design of the architecture of the computer system, not simply an overload of users, created the problems that are blocking people from applying online for coverage, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.
"These are not glitches," an insurance executive who has participated in many conference calls on the federal exchange told the Times. "The extent of the problems is pretty enormous. At the end of our calls, people say, 'It's awful, just awful.' '
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