As Obamacare’s missed deadlines and haphazard, politically-motivated postponements piled up in late 2013, we regularly predicted that the new calendar year would bring more — not fewer — headaches for the law’s advocates. It’s only January 6th, yet 2014’s anthology of horror stories is already expanding rapidly. In addition to the baby snafu, the UK Daily Mail reports on angry, untreated consumers walking out of hospital waiting rooms because of logistical disruptions:

Hospital staff in Northern Virginia are turning away sick people on a frigid Thursday morning because they can’t determine whether their Obamacare insurance plans are in effect. Patients in a close-in DC suburb who think they’ve signed up for new insurance plans are struggling to show their December enrollments are in force, and health care administrators aren’t taking their word for it. In place of quick service and painless billing, these Virginians are now facing the threat of sticker-shock that comes with bills they can’t afford. ‘They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!’ a coughing Maria Galvez told MailOnline outside the Inova Healthplex facility in the town of Springfield.

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