As The Wall Street Journal noted in an editorial, Democrats' signature legislation, The Affordable Care Act, is to take effect about 300 days from now.
Observers doubt that this vast regulatory creation will be ready on time. It's an enormous undertaking.
There are policies to write, regulations to issue, policies to effect, boards to form, computer systems to install, software to write, facilitators to train . . .
And blame to deflect if one's creature runs amok.
That's where it gets interesting.
The act that is to insure at least 30 million more Americans envisioned that states would set up "exchanges" to help people find subsidized coverage. The deadline for functioning was October, which was pushed to November, which was pushed to December.
Seventeen states have indicated they will run exchanges. Six have chosen a federal-state model, whatever that means.
But 16 states won't participate and 11 are undecided.