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Obama-Care To Miss Another Deadline (Its 43rd)

From Reuters:

Exclusive: U.S. delays deadline for finalizing Obamacare health plans

By David Morgan and Caroline Humer | August 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified insurance companies on Tuesday that it would not sign final agreements with the plans between September 5 and 9, as originally anticipated, but would wait until mid-September instead, according to insurance industry sources…

The reason for the hold-up was unclear. Sources attributed it to technology problems involving the display of insurance products within the federal information technology system…

Oh, then that clears that up. (Not.)

Coming at a time when state and federal officials are still working to overcome challenges to the information technology systems necessary to make the exchanges work, some experts say that even a small delay could jeopardize the start of the six-month open enrollment period.

And never mind that HHS has had more than three and a half years to prepare for this.

U.S. officials have said repeatedly that the marketplaces, which are the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law, would begin on time.

But the October 1 deadline has already begun to falter at the state level, with Oregon announcing plans to scale back the launch of its own marketplace and California saying it would consider a similar move.

Tuesday’s notification by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the HHS agency spearheading marketplace development, affects insurance plans that would be sold in federal exchanges that the administration is setting up in 34 of the 50 U.S. states…

"It makes me wonder if open enrollment can start on October 1," said a former administration official who worked to implement Obama’s healthcare reform…

As we mentioned last week, the Congressional Research Service says that the Obama administration has already failed to meet 41 of 82 deadline in Obama-Care. So now we are up to 43.

But really, when has Obama ever met any deadlines? Ever? Meanwhile, Congress is supposed to ram through everything he wants as fast as possible.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama-Care To Miss Another Deadline (Its 43rd)”

  1. captstubby

    “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” – Nancy Pelosi.

    Well, we are finding out whats in it and everyone says its rotten.

    Throw it in the trash.

    • I’m afraid what we’re going to end up with is universal helthcare with the republicans playing the role that the Torres in Britain play. No longer willing to fight, they’ll just settle for tweaking the law around the periphery while we’ll be trying to scrape together enough money to see the “Private Practice Physicians” all the rich, well connected and politicians will be going to for their health needs.


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