Do you know what a big problem is going to be in orbital construction, once we get serious about doing it in bulk? Inertia, in free-fall situations. You see, while an object’s effective weight in free-fall may become nil, its inertia remains unchanged. This means that once an object starts moving, it keeps moving – and it can only be made to stop moving by the application of sufficient force; you can’t count on gravitational pull to help do the work for you. The end result is that you can easily be in a situation where you’ve got something with ten tons’ worth of mass moving in one direction… and eventually impacting something that can’t shrug off an impact with ten tons’ worth of mass, and will thus crumple or shatter under the strain slowly, but inexorably. Nothing you can’t work around, but it’s something that you have to plan for.
And why am I telling you this?
Oh, no reason:
New health insurance exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30 states under President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul could miss an October 1 deadline for open enrollment, a government report said on Wednesday.
The launch of the exchanges, which are expected to provide health coverage for 7 million people in 2014 and 22 million by 2016 as well as to some small businesses, could determine whether Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement succeeds.
The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) said key parts of the framework of the exchanges, including those that addressed consumers’ eligibility for federal subsidies, management and monitoring of insurance plans and consumer assistance, had not been completed.
Via Hot Air. The Obama administration’s basic problem here is that, in order for this stage of Obamacare’s roll-out to proceed successfully enough to not impact the 2014 elections… well. A lot of quasi-independent bureaucratic groups in a multitude of states are going to have to coordinate perfectly on the first try in order to implement an untried and unproven theory while simultaneously avoiding any PR disasters. Oh, and if any of those bureaucrats use their own initiative to make the program work and it doesn’t work out, then the administration will scapegoat them in a second to explain away Obamacare’s failure.
And note that I’m being charitable in assuming that the endeavor CAN work. If it can’t then the Obama administration’s hosed.
PS: “No Republican voted for Obamacare.” Somebody will be saying that, next year: the funny part is, I think that there are still Democrats trying to figure out why it won’t be them.