We’ve been “celebrating” Obamacare’s third anniversary over the last two weeks, repeatedly drawing attention to a memorable quote from one of the program’s chief administrators:

Henry Chao, an official at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services who is overseeing the technology of the exchanges said at a recent conference. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” Chao also described himself as “nervous.”

If he’s nervous, you should be, too. This isn’t some program that can collapse and go away without much ripple effect. Millions of people are counting on Obamacare to work the way it was described by its proponents. The law will impact supporters and detractors alike. Already, the law is proving to be an unwieldy nightmare, as the government labors to meet its own deadlines. Individuals, families and businesses are slated to have access to a “reformed” healthcare system starting in early 2014, four years after the law was signed with much fanfare. But that time horizon evidently hasn’t provided ample time for the feds to get their act together and offer you the options and features you were promised for the bargain-basement price of nearly $2 trillion. The New York Times reports that the launch date for a major section of the law is being pushed back: