The White House trolled the participants of the #ObamacareInThreeWords hashtag game in May with a photo of the president’s signature on the bill with the three words, “It’s. The. Law.” America has since learned those three words don’t necessarily apply to the whole of Obamacare, though. It’s also the law that the employer mandate takes effect Jan. 1, 2014, but that’s been pushed back a year. A cap on out-of-pocket medical costs has also been delayed, also without congressional approval.
In fact, a report published in Forbes yesterday shows that the White House has missed half of the deadlines legally required by the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Ted Cruz’ suggestion that Congress “delay it all, forever” is looking more and more prophetic every day.
The Obama admin has missed 41 out of 82 of Obamacare’s legally imposed implementation deadlines. Read more at my blog http://t.co/FwmwI7qbeE
— Ken Cuccinelli (@KenCuccinelli) August 19, 2013
Though many of the deadlines are for what writer Avik Roy calls “bureaucratic busywork,” he notes that quite a few rules that would safeguard the privacy of medical records “have either yet to be developed, or have been meaningfully tardy in their arrival.”
Obama is more effective at delaying Obamacare than Congress. http://t.co/H9lBjNEt7s
— Blaine Gravitt (@BlaineGravitt) August 19, 2013
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) August 19, 2013
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) August 19, 2013
— Steve Forbes (@SteveForbesCEO) August 19, 2013
Obeying the law is for the little people. : Obama blows legally required deadlines. http://t.co/b0MstO2zeV
— RC (@RichardCarver) August 19, 2013
— Ray R (@rrothfeldt) August 19, 2013
In other news, how’s that legally mandated border fence coming?
Critics point out administration's failures in making Obamacare deadlines doesn't build faith in ability to hit immigration reform deadlines
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 19, 2013