The Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - was signed into law in March 2010. That gave President Barack Obama's administration three and one-half years to prepare for implementation this Oct. 1.
Just for context, consider that the United States entered, fought and won World War II in about the same amount of time.
But Obamacare was not ready for kickoff on Oct. 1. The government's website for the program still is operating at a far from satisfactory level.
At least $394 million was spent on contractors to develop that website, The Associated Press reported this week. Some of them, withholding their names because they feared being fired for speaking honestly, said the government simply tried to do too much, too quickly with the website.
Obama himself belittles critics of the website performance, calling them, in essence, nitpickers.
Nearly $400 million is no minor failure, however. And it leaves many Americans wondering how badly the rest of Obamacare will be mismanaged.