Editor's note: Updated from 6 a.m. New throughout.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- D-day arrived for ObamaCare Saturday, and began with an 11 hour shutdown of HealthCare.gov -- the problem-plagued Web site intended to provide easy access to affordable insurance for millions of Americans.
The contraption is functioning better but is still terribly inadequate. It can only handle 50,000 users at a time, well short of the volume needed to assist the millions of Americans who must purchase health insurance by year-end or face fines.
Those eligible for subsidies must use the system, but often the system can't verify eligibility for aid. Many are in limbo-applications already initiated are stalled, lost or otherwise can't be completed.Healthcare.gov software to get insurance companies paid subsidies is not functioning effectively, and the small business site that was to offer group coverage has been postponed one year. Eventually, Jeff Zients, the Web site's repair czar, will have this monster fulfilling all its functions, but likely it will be a balky, frustrating Web site, much like other federal Web sites or those run by private firms enjoying monopoly power. Health insurance will be right up there with dealing with tax filing. Bureaucrats will have easy access to sensitive personal data, which Obama Administration political moles can use to target, harass and sometimes destroy critics, and simply occupy millions of hours of citizens' time that could be used more productively. Welcome to statism: The ants of capitalism herded into a bureaucratic hell to serve the masters of a grander design.