Forbes has released a previously-unpublished memorandum from the Congressional Research Service that states “the White House has missed half of the deadlines legally required by the ACA (Affordable Care Act). And some of those deadlines remain unmet to this day.”
Of the 82 deadlines identified by the CRS, the White House only finalized 32 of them on time. Seventeen deadlines were completed late, 24 were not completed as of May 31, 2013, and 9 have not been completed at all, as of this date.
By its own admission, Forbes’ estimate of the White House’s failure was overly optimistic. It isn’t half of the Affordable Care Act’s legal obligations that weren’t met. The true figure is almost 62% of them have not been met. Worse still, according to Forbes, the CRS document was an addendum to a previously published examination of the administration’s failure to adhere to its own legal deadlines:
“The new CRS memo, dated June 5, 2013, is an addendum to a series of previous reports in which the agency examined missed deadlines during the law’s first two years.”
The Chicago Tribune published an editorial on Sunday: “How President Obama is Flouting Obamacare.” Despite being a paper that is firmly in Obama’s house, The Tribune article begins:
“Democrats strong-armed Obamacare into law three years ago. Now they’re busy flouting it.
The mandate that employers provide insurance next year or pay a penalty, as the law requires? Delayed for at least a year.”
“The laws dictate that people applying for federal subsidies to buy insurance provide proof that they’re eligible for the government aid? Scaled back.
“Sharp limits on Americans’ out-of-pocket costs for health care? Suspended for a year.
“Providing members of Congress and more than 10,000 staff members with federal health care subsidies that the law does not allow? Done, via a deal brokered by President Barack Obama.
“And on and on.”
Yes, on and on. And that is the point. Sixty-nine percent of all Americans — Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike — poll a decidedly negative view of the Affordable Care Act. Over 92% of federal workers don’t want any part of the Affordable Care Act . . . including the head of the IRS. Despite the catastrophic failure this looming entitlement presents, Obama is working tirelessly on only one thing. He is kicking the can down the road, to bolster his plan, as is, when it suits him.
What makes the Imperial President’s contravention of his own law worthy of mention? It is another example of the ongoing illegality he practices. He obeys laws or disregards laws and deadlines at will, such as submitting and passing national budgets, enforcing immigration laws and the defense of marriage act, to name a few.