arrowThe good news is that they had three years on the pub­lic dole to final­ize start­up expens­es and get things rolling. The bad news is that may not have been enough time. The Con­gres­sion­al Quar­ter­ly said the exchanges “sur­vived start­up prob­lems with botched tech­nol­o­gy and polit­i­cal threats but con­tin­ue to grap­ple with a fun­da­men­tal chal­lenge – finan­cial sus­tain­abil­i­ty” So look for rates to increase just because they do, fur­ther drop off from the exchanges and some des­per­ate polit­i­cal lob­by­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly in Cal­i­for­nia, to stave off bank­rupt­cy. Should be fun.