To give you an idea how difficult the task, consider this: Just last month, NBC Nightly News reported that the Air Force spent $1 billion and seven years on a failed effort to consolidate their computer systems.

This software modernization project, called the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS), was a logistical challenge, to be sure.

HHS continues to insist the exchanges will launch on time. But if the Air Force couldn’t make their modernization project work in seven years, what are the odds government bureaucrats can seamlessly slap together these complex exchanges (now called “marketplaces”) in a matter of a few months?