Half Of Obamacare’s Implementation Deadlines Missed Thanks To Presidential Delays, Waivers


Statistics from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reveal that the Administration of President Barack Obama has missed half of the deadlines required to legally implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The CRS, an arm of the Library of Congress that functions as a nonpartisan Congressional research and reference center, has tabulated 82 separate deadlines that represent mandatory stepping stones in the rollout of Obamacare. Each one is a part of the ACA, and enforcing each is required if the law (and its enforcers) are to retain their integrity.

But, as Forbes contributor Avik Roy points out, the Obama Administration has already missed 41 of them — and the start date is still six weeks away.

As of May 31, 2013, when the CRS analysis was completed, the White House had yet to meet 9 of 12 deadlines from the first year after the Affordable Care Act was enacted. It failed to meet 22 of 53 deadlines in the second year; another 8 became moot after Congress did not appropriate funds to complete the assigned tasks. In year three, the administration missed 10 out of 17 deadlines. That’s a total of 41 out of 82 deadlines missed.

If you exclude the 9 deadlines that became moot because Congress never appropriated the funds to meet them, the Obama administration missed 41 out of 73 deadlines, or 56 percent.

In analyzing the CRS report, I erred on the side of generosity. If the administration missed a particular statutory deadline by a week or less, I counted it in their favor as a “met” deadline. In any case where there was ambiguity in the CRS report, I assumed that the administration had met the deadline. So these 50-56 percent missed deadline figures should be seen as slightly conservative.

Dated June 5, the CRS research doesn’t even take into account the President’s recent announcements that he’s unilaterally delaying the very pillars of his signature piece of social re-engineering legislation. Large businesses now get a one-year break before they have to offer employees insurance under the new law; insurers now have one more year before they have to cap consumer out-of-pocket costs. And Obama, who’s been the “Decider” throughout it all, can’t blame Congress or Republican opposition. He’s been working within the Administrative and bureaucratic structure to unilaterally (and illegally) pick and choose which pieces of his puzzle he’s ready to put into place.

We’ll get Obamacare when it’s good and ready.

“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,” writes Roy. “Only new laws, not wishful thinking, will change that.”

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • FreedomFighter

    The “TRAIN WRECK” that is ObamaCare continues…delays for political reasons (2014 elections) because if implemented not a single person that voted for this POS law would remain in office.
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI


      The most frightening thing is all these changes are illegal as are a litany of his executive orders. There is ample grounds for impeachment of this tyrant & I’m not even including all the scandals (IRS, Fast & Furious, AP, Benghazi). Where is the GOP on this? Why have they been feckless & ball-less regarding this bum??? Afraid of being branded racist by OBlahBlah’s media lapdogs? Or do they like the new precedent being set? If a Republican president acted in such a dictatorial way, the media & DEMs & Lib loonies would be screaming for his head!

      • blissnsmiles

        I think the GOP and DEMs are being blackmailed.

        • North Korea Rocks

          By who? Kim Jong Il?

    • fenix1

      I’ve read alot of this Bill the past few months and i am appalled! This thing is so convoluted and unintelligible that i dare say even the best Legal minds in the business would have difficulty trying to interpret the meaning of most of this stupid ***! No wonder they didn’t read the ***! There’s going to be Law Suits flying over this among “other” things i suspect. This thing absolutely tramples all over the Constitution and i suspect the “unintended” OR “unanticipated” consequences are going to be ugly to say the least! I am especially concerned about the “Mandatory Inspections”. I can easily see some “Bureaucrat” about as qualified and trained as the TSA showing up on my doorstep with their “Enforcers” and telling me what i can or cannot eat or drink because of Health reasons, that i can’t own that gun, or that for whatever reason they’re going to take my children because they think i’m not responsible or qualified enough for some reason or opinion. Sounds “far fetched? NO. Not at all. Mandatory Home Inspections ARE in the Bill along with alot of other Unconstitutional acts! This mandate alone will trample all over the 2nd, 4th, 9th, and 10th Amendments! This is JUST one of many! Most of the Regulations or Rules concerning this Bill haven’t even been written yet, God only knows what they’re going to be. There are known solutions to every problem. This is NOT one of them Friends!

  • hippybiker

    O-bozo plays golf while America crumbles and burns. In essence, he is a pathetic looser, and should be removed from office yesterday.

  • Warrior

    Uh,uh,uh, 30 million people will get insurance. Uh,uh,uh, you get to keep your doctor. Uh,uh,uh, everyone’s premiums will go down. Uh,uh,uh, some “talking points” are so could I just have to keep repeating them. Uh,uh,uh.

  • wandamurline

    There is an election in 2014…what do you think he would do….Obamacare is going to be a train wreck and he knows it…so kick the can down the road for another year so we may be able to keep the House and Senate.

  • jaybird

    I just called the 3 (2 Demo Senators, 1 Rep. Congressman) representatives in my state and left messages to Defund Obummer Care. The 2 Demo vote straight Demo. One will be up for re-election and I am going to work to get someone else elected. I am retired and don’t think I can participate in it, but it is wrong for others to have to endure the home inspections and other hidden items in this bill.

    Communist are running the Democratic Party since the early 70’s and that is how he got elected with voting fraud. They have infiltrated every aspect of our government, education (changing the way young people think), changing our freedoms & laws by executive order. Obummer nominated people of questionable background, Holder (DOJ), Perez (Labor Sec), Jones (ATF), Labor Board Czars, people with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood as advisors. Unions going into non-union business and inspecting them, requiring them to provide reports or be fined. Now we have the Communist and the Muslims all wanting to change our country. MORE People need to get involved with what is going on in our elections and government and state elections. I know they are tired of hearing from me.

    He is a snake, he gets up there giving speeches,bobbing his head, weaving and smiling and the low info voters go crazy. They are behind him clapping, nodding their head, etc. He must advertise for these people.

    • red neck

      I appreciate what you are doing by calling your senators, I have done the same thing however we both know that they only tell you what they think you want to hear all the while they go behind our backs doing exactly the opposite… obama is no different and actually he is the worlds worse because every thing that he says on TV is always proven to be lies. Still the mind-controlled sheeple blindly follow their god and king obama… As much as I hate to say it I think the next “president” will be none other than communist Clinton because the sheeple will never give up their “free” ride off of the backs of the middle class.

  • Don 2

    Congressman Rogers(Michigan) tells the trade-off the United Kingdom and Canada made, and America’s trade-off for Obamacare.


  • disqus_gjl3EwoNV

    This whole obummercare needs to be repealed in total.

    • RAND PAUL IN 2016

      That’s why the prez election was so important, Romney was no beauty, but he would’ve repealed it if election was not stolen from him!