Important Obamacare Deadline Met: Spending America into Oblivion

Over at Forbes, Avik Roy has this devastating find – one worth reading in full as your Monday Must-Read:

In recent months, President Obama and his subordinates have waived or delayed a number of Obamacare’s notable features, such as the law’s employer mandate, and its procedures for protecting taxpayers from fraud and identity theft. Earlier this month, in that context, I obtained a heretofore-unpublished memorandum from the Congressional Research Service. The CRS, Congress’ non-partisan in-house think tank, compiled 82 deadlines that the Affordable Care Act mandates upon the first three years of its own implementation. Remarkably, it turns out that the White House has missed half of the deadlines legally required by the ACA. And some of those deadlines remain unmet to this day.

Roy points out fault lies with the law and the Administration, not Republican opposition:

The administration has tried, almost comically, to make the case that the faulty implementation of Obamacare is Republicans’ fault. But blue states that have embraced the law are the ones having the most problems.

Kevin Counihan, chairman of the Connecticut insurance exchange, has publicly expressed his frustration with the Obama administration’s flakiness. “Sometimes it feels like we’re driving a car and then changing the tire at the same time,” he told the Associated Press in March. “We’re going to have a challenging enough time providing the quality of service that our residents deserve in Connecticut with the deadline that we have. If they keep adding new regulations, I’m sorry. We have to suddenly say, ‘enough is enough.’” Counihan is one of the many people trying in good faith to implement the law who says, “I wish we had one more year.”

Roy does point out one deadline Obamacare is on schedule to meet, despite its other missed deadlines and illegal delays – hundreds of billions in taxpayer spending:

Obamacare may fail at reducing insurance premiums, or at wisely using taxpayer funds. But the law is scheduled to spend $1.9 trillion over the next ten years. At that, it is unlikely to fail.

A significant amount of that money may not go to the people for whom it’s intended. It may not have the benefits on health outcomes that the law’s most zealous supporters insist it will. But barring substantial Congressional action, that $1.9 trillion will still get spent, along with trillions more thereafter. Only new laws, not wishful thinking, will change that.

Most Americans favor delay, Democratic state bureaucrats are calling for delay, and the Administration has missed half of its own deadlines. These are just a few of many reasons all Senate and House Republicans should back the Lee/Meadows letters, and delay all of Obamacare for one year. The law is clearly not ready for Main Street Americans, yet the President wants to spend your tax dollars in an irresponsible, unaccountable way. That is unacceptable to taxpayers, and should be unacceptable to even the strongest supporters of the health care law.