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Conservatives Were Wildly Optimistic About California's Obamacare Exchange

First conservatives speculated that as many as 600,000 Californians could lose their individual health insurance policies because of Obamacare. Then the state's Obamacare exchange director told the San Francisco Chronicle it could be up to 900,000. Both of those projections turned out to be wildly optimistic.

According to Dave Jones (the state Insurance Commissioner, not the pirate), over one million Californians have already received cancellation notices. Some will get a two-month reprieve to the end of February, but that is only because Anthem Blue Cross failed to inform them within the 90-day window (another "glitch").

In related news, moderate Republican columnist David Frum informed me today in the green room at CNN's Washington, D.C. bureau that his insurance policy has also been canceled. (He was never a fan of the policy to begin with, though he has often argued that Republicans should have tried to make the policy better.)

Frum is not a Californian, at least not technically. But in the realm of left-wing policy, shoddy private-public hybrids, bureaucracy beating brains and and sentiment trumping sanity, we are all Californians now. Sadly, the only "fix" that might have a chance of working at this stage (sorry, Bill Clinton) is outright repeal.



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