We now have a number 26,794 to quantify the embarrassment that the strong-armed national health care law is.
That's how many people in a country of more than 300 million people were able to enroll for health insurance during the first, badly flawed month of the Obamacare website.
To think the website can ever become capable of handling every American's health care needs, hacker-free, requires a suspension of reality.
To think this law can actually improve health care at lower premiums with the same doctor and plan or a government plan all promises made dozens of times over a four-year period by President Obama requires an even greater suspension of reality.
When national health care was force fed to the American people on a straight, party-line vote, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously told us "we have to pass it to know what's in it."
We've seen enough.
Now it's time for Americans of all stripes to do what parents have been doing since the beginning of time tell the elected children who are the Washington power base to do the right thing.
Or things, we should say:
Scrap the idea of the government managing health care for all Americans. Nothing in the big-government experience of the past half century suggests the government can do this, or even should do this.
Create a safety net to ensure a limited health care entitlement for the income-eligible Americans who don't fall under any other existing health care program.
Require insurance companies to assure health care for those with pre-existing medical conditions and maintain the child allowance to age 26 on family health care plans, two elements of Obamacare that many people like.
Balance that with tort reform that puts a relatively high ceiling on insurance company settlements in medical malpractice cases.
Allow the sale of health insurance across state lines, similar to auto insurance, to create greater choice for all Americans and more real competition among carriers.
Following this pointed legislation, let the private sector work.
The biggest problem is the launch of Obamacare was allowed in the first place.
What do we do about the 26,794 enrolled in a questionable program?
What do we do about the estimated 5 percent of the population that has received insurance cancellation notices on plans they liked but could not keep, policies that are not the "junk plans" the administration makes them out to be?
Legislation with largely bipartisan support passed the House Friday and is geared to solving the cancellation problem. But it probably won't get supported in the Senate until Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drops his blanket protection of the president and actually undertakes problem-solving, which is supposed to be in his job description.
President Obama's almost laughable proposal Thursday to have the insurance companies now allow those customers to keep their plans for another year shows one of two things. Either he is completely unfamiliar with how complex reversing 5 million insurance policies cancellations is or is just looking for another entity to be his fall guy.
And he's only allowing the about-face to continue a year.
Let's face it, it's hard to unravel a federal program once it gets started.
And it's harder still to believe President Obama, head of the Harvard debate team and the ultimate social engineer, did not know exactly what was in this program when he was telling us we could keep our plan if we liked it, when he was promising lower premiums, when he was boasting about health care for all.
It's not comfortable to accuse any president of perpetrating a fraud on the American people to assure election.
But take an objective look at any of the videos of the president's health care promises, measure it against the reality of today's health care mess, and ask yourself what you see.
Many of our elected leaders tried to shut this program down six weeks ago before it got started. They were called hostage-takers and worse.
They were doing the right thing.
And it's a sad commentary on how business is done in Washington these days that they were demonized for it.