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The White House is telling us this week that the botched computer system is improved, but Mr. Obama also told us we could keep our existing insurance policies — a preposterous claim that turned out to be false.

As of Tuesday, the system was still producing a lot of error-ridden applications — up to one-third of them had mistakes — meaning, that many people may not have the coverage that they expect next month.

While the focus has been on fixing the online apparatus, the deeper problems embedded in his health care law are even more ominous. We’re going to see many more layoffs and much more part-time hiring by businesses to stay under the 50-employee threshold for mandated health care coverage. We’re already seeing sharply higher premiums owing to the mandated benefits many older Americans do not need or want.

Our government has become a mess of unworkable, wasteful, duplicative, archaic, unaffordable programs and agencies. However, Mr. Obama has been working to expand the size and cost of government, not reduce it. Obamacare is his latest, costly nationwide experiment.

Mr. Krugman’s column also raised this disturbing question: “But what if the world we’ve been living in for the past five years is the new normal?” A number of economists now believe this to be the case, until we put someone else in charge who understands how capitalism can restore American prosperity once again.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.