CRS report: The administration has missed 44 of its own ObamaCare deadlines

posted at 8:41 pm on April 23, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I’m posting this report, not because I think anyone actually expected the Obama administration to abide by the requirements it set out for itself when devising this leviathan of a law (LOLz) — I mean, the thing is huge, and it would just be totally unreasonable to expect the administration to be able to churn out regulations and studies on time, every time, right? …Which is exactly my point. I’d just like to take this opportunity to once again highlight the practically unknowable degree to which Obama’s crowning legislative achievement is expanding our bureaucracy and its involvement in one-sixth of the United States’ economy, via the WFB:

The administration has failed to meet 44 statutory deadlines required under Obamacare, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

The report, released on Monday, documents every provision with a specific deadline within the health care law and the administration’s actions taken as of April 15, 2014. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has missed more than half of the 83 deadlines mandated since March 2011. …

The secretary was one year and one month late in developing a plan to increase HHS’s Indian Health Service (IHS) by 500 positions. Due by June 21, 2010, HHS did not begin implementing a plan for a “skilled and culturally competent behavioral health workforce” for the agency until August 2011. …

The report details many lesser known provisions within Obamacare, including a required three year “Independence at Home demonstration” to test if “home-based care” can reduce hospital visits. HHS started the project four months past its deadline on Jan. 1, 2012. …

The report found six cases where it appears the administration has taken no action at all. The CRS could find “no public information” relating to a March 2012 mandate for health plans to “report on their efforts to improve health outcomes.”

And etcetera. The delays range from days to months to years, and the report isn’t even talking about the many unilaterally implemented delays to the law’s most fundamental parts like the employer mandate (the better to delay the politically inconvenient results, you know). This is just getting into the overwhelming bureaucratic weeds of ObamaCare’s regulatory minutiae — plenty of which are still being written.


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“I’m.The.Law.”

– Emperor Barky I

ShainS on April 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

To be fair though, not one single person in the administration or the demorat side of the aisle knew what they hell they were passing into law, so can we really blame them?

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

No Troll Zone ahead.

Which one of our new trolls was blabbering about the rule of law in the Bundy standoff?

BobMbx on April 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

The man can’t even be on time to his own announced public appearances. You expect him to be hit his deadlines, too?

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

As we’ve learned, laws only matter if there is the will to enforce them.

No one is willing to enforce these laws.

p0s3r on April 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Obama was a game changer……

Wasn’t he….troll…..

Electrongod on April 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

…they passed it…so they could read it!
…they can’t read!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Taking Mulligans, shooting hoops and corrupting the IRS, BLM, DOJ NSA etc. is hard work !

viking01 on April 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

To be fair though, not one single person in the administration or the demorat side of the aisle knew what they hell they were passing into law, so can we really blame them?

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Ya, it’s not like it’s their job to know, or anything. [rollie eyes]

rottenrobbie on April 23, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I no longer think of ObamaCare as a ‘law’.

It’s more like a set of ‘suggestions’.

GarandFan on April 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

8 Million signed up. Bunch of sore losers

CW on April 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Oh My!

At first I thought it said it was a “CBS” report and nearly fell out of my chair!

gopsteve on April 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

So what ? No one will challenge him from the R side .
Pizzes me off !

Lucano on April 23, 2014 at 9:21 PM

I fully plan to ignore the whole thing.

hispanic coworker approached me today. He signed up. Paid.

Can’t find a doc that will take his wife or him. Not one.

It’s a jacked up mess. If they can ignore law, so can I.

And I will.

wolly4321 on April 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Meh, the Mainstream Media has become amazing adept at ignoring events that expose Obama to charges of incompetence or corruption, this, like so many other man caused disasters will be ignored to death. Obamacare will continue it’s long march forward to triumph because the Mainstream Media will ignore it’s abysmal failures.

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

So what ? No one will challenge him from the R side . Pizzes me off ! Lucano on April 23, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Challenge to whom? The media? DOJ? The Courts?

Who do we challenge to? What authority?

Slippage of rule of law prevails all over.

wolly4321 on April 23, 2014 at 9:35 PM

h, the Mainstream Media has become amazing adept at ignoring events that expose Obama to charges of incompetence or corruption, this, like so many other man caused disasters will be ignored to death. Obamacare will continue it’s long march forward to triumph because the Mainstream Media will ignore it’s abysmal failures. oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

If they were just honest and impartial it would be enough.

But they aren’t.

Imagine the power we would wield if they were on our side slamming progs day in day out.

We could get away with high crimes and misdemeanors, too.

Not that I would want too, but the point is valid.

wolly4321 on April 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Imagine the power we would wield

wolly4321 on April 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I would much rather imagine the Mainstream Media being charged with treason.

oscarwilde on April 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Easy to say why they missed all the deadlines — they made them all after the 2012 election which they expected to LOSE !! When Obama didn’t lose, they had an “Oh Shit” moment realizing all the deadlines were looming and they would have to meet them not Romney, one of the first of many being the specs needed to design the ObamaCare websites.

KenInIL on April 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Since justice Roberts said that the only reason he couldn’t rule against Obamacare (because “Obama cares”) was that the collection of taxes could not be interfered with, or altered by none other than the congressional tax machine, wouldn’t Obama & HHS be in direct violation of the constitution 44 times in this case?

kregg on April 24, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Obama has insisted for years that if Obamacare has any problems it’s because the Republicans are obstructionist and have failed to get on board with implementation. Putting aside the fact that Obamacare is an inherently flawed law.

Now we can all clearly see the largest obstacle to Obamacare progress is Obama meeting his very own deadlines and mandates.

jedifinance on April 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

The rule of law is gone .

ama on April 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM

To be fair though, not one single person in the administration or the demorat side of the aisle knew what they hell they were passing into law, so can we really blame them?
Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

fairly certain killary used a corollary of this for her role in Bengazi

socalcon on April 24, 2014 at 12:43 PM