Obamacare Misses Major Deadlines

The largest, most sweeping government takeover of health care in modern history is a bloated, bureaucratic failure according to the latest Congressional Research Service (CRS) report.  At the six month mark, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has already missed one-third of the new law’s mandated deadlines. 

And they want to run the nation’s healthcare system?

The new report was requested of the non-partisan CRS by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of two physicians currently serving in the U.S. Senate, along with Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and John Cornyn (R-Texas).

From a wide range of requirements such as deadlines for reporting under the Balanced Budget act of 1997, to expansion of required audits for Medicare fraud recovery, to requirements that the HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius submit to relevant congressional oversight committees the “national strategy to improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health,” the report offers a glimpse into the missed deadlines and the future of the bureaucratic nightmare Democrats intend to inflict upon America’s health care system.

From the Coburn press release:

“A new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS)[1] found that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failed to meet one-third of the deadlines mandated by the new federal health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The memo, requested by Republican Senators Coburn, Hatch, and Cornyn, revealed that HHS failed to fulfill its requirements in seven of 22 deadlines before September 23, 2010, which was the six-month mark of the law being enacted.

“In addition to the seven missed deadlines, the CRS memo also noted four deadlines which for which there was insufficient public information available to draw a conclusion. Republican health staff pointed out that HHS may have failed to meet these four deadlines as well.

“During the height of the health care debate in Congress last year, Senators Coburn, Hatch, and Cornyn warned the American people about the pitfalls of health care legislation that would empower the Secretary of HHS with unprecedented new authorities. Senate staffers totaled more than 1,700 places in the law where the Secretary is given new abilities to write rules, establish programs, and mandate requirements. Now, nonpartisan analysis shows that HHS has failed to even meet 22 mandatory deadlines required by law during the first six months of the law being enacted.

“Future months are unlikely to see HHS improve its record of compliance. The Department failed to meet one-third of 22 deadlines in six months, yet now the Department has less than three months to meet another 29 requirements required by law.

“The CRS analysis did not include deadlines imposed upon individuals or organizations other than the Secretary of HHS, nor did it include any provisions that did not require the Secretary to take a specific action by a specific date. CRS’ analysis was “based on information from official publicly available sources such as the Federal Register and agency websites.” The analysis was finalized on the six-month mark – September 23, 2010– so only actions taken the Secretary of HHS by that date were analyzed.”

You can find the entire report memo here

And a table of the missed deadlines to date is here.