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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 10 at 1:30PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA

This Afternoon

Hi41° Mostly Cloudy

Tonight

Lo32° Patchy Fog then Slight Chance Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday

Hi40° Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday Night

Lo35° Rain then Chance Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo32° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi45° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo33° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Slight Chance Rain

Obamacare and great expectations

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As an ordinary American comfortably covered by a spouse’s health insurance plan, I have observed the Obamacare debacle with a kind of detached astonishment. I am not surprised that government faced with extraordinary complexities appears inept. I’ve seen that before. I’m not surprised when elected officials tell people what they want to hear, even if it’s not true. I’ve seen that before. I’m not surprised that people think health care and the insurance to pay for it is far more expensive than it should be. I’ve seen that before. What is astonishing is that we expected something different.

First, the trouble with HealthCare.gov, the infamous website. Because the federal government invented the Internet doesn’t mean it or its contractors can devise a convenient, fast, consumer-friendly system to easily sort out very complex financial options for 7 million people before the end of March. That would be astonishing even with a three-year head start, as the Obama administration had. To people who have seen many far less complex government digital initiatives become embarrassments, state and local, to expect the federal government and hirelings to be Amazon savvy overnight is just a hoot. You can just imagine the pre-launch IT meetings with befuddled tech folks afraid to be the one to point out the thing had no chance to work. We weren’t going to get the smiley Kindle Fire Mayday girl popping up in the corner to save the day. This kind of thing is possible on a smaller scale — Washington’s myhealthplan site has been far more successful, managing to enroll 175,000 people so far. Most of those are Medicaid signups. Some 18,000 got linked to private health plans.

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