The Sebelius legacy: more than half of Obamacare deadlines missed

Thomas Lifson
We have more proof that assigning control over our health care to government bureaucrats is very bad idea, with the release of a Congressional Research Service report on the deadlines for action contained in the Obamacare legislation. Elizabeth Harrington of the Free Beacon reports:

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 missed deadlines range from several days to years. The administration was only four days late in issuing a final regulation for HIPAA electronic transactions, while it was two years and seven months past the deadline for a report on domestic violence victims on Indian reservations.

Victimology fans take note:

Several reports that were late related to Native American health.

But don’t worry about the bureaucrats. There are no consequences for their failures. The Obamacare legislation could not fund space in its 2000 pages for any:

In a section addressing the “Legal Effect of Deadlines,” the report explained that private civil litigation is likely the only way to make the administration  enforce deadlines in Obamacare.

The CRS said Congress could pass legislative “hammers” that would require the executive branch to follow deadlines or face legal consequences, such as “the loss of agency funding if the final regulations were not promulgated by the statutory deadline.”

The CRS said that due to the law’s “complexity” it had to exclude numerous other provisions of Obamacare, which only have “effective dates” and not hard deadlines.

If HHS follows the model used by the IRS, the bureaucrats who missed the deadlines may end up getting bonuses and extra days off. It’s great being part of the ruling class.

We have more proof that assigning control over our health care to government bureaucrats is very bad idea, with the release of a Congressional Research Service report on the deadlines for action contained in the Obamacare legislation. Elizabeth Harrington of the Free Beacon reports:

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 missed deadlines range from several days to years. The administration was only four days late in issuing a final regulation for HIPAA electronic transactions, while it was two years and seven months past the deadline for a report on domestic violence victims on Indian reservations.

Victimology fans take note:

Several reports that were late related to Native American health.

But don’t worry about the bureaucrats. There are no consequences for their failures. The Obamacare legislation could not fund space in its 2000 pages for any:

In a section addressing the “Legal Effect of Deadlines,” the report explained that private civil litigation is likely the only way to make the administration  enforce deadlines in Obamacare.

The CRS said Congress could pass legislative “hammers” that would require the executive branch to follow deadlines or face legal consequences, such as “the loss of agency funding if the final regulations were not promulgated by the statutory deadline.”

The CRS said that due to the law’s “complexity” it had to exclude numerous other provisions of Obamacare, which only have “effective dates” and not hard deadlines.

If HHS follows the model used by the IRS, the bureaucrats who missed the deadlines may end up getting bonuses and extra days off. It’s great being part of the ruling class.