Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Notable and Quotable:  ObamaCare’s Massive Delays

The ACA is a massive law, imposing hundreds of requirements on federal agencies and private entities. Many provisions of the law have “effective dates” by which they were to have been put into effect. Although the vast majority of these provisions have been implemented on time, it has not been possible to meet all deadlines because of a variety of factors. These include limited resources for implementing the law (Congress has failed to appropriate any funds for this purpose since the ACA was passed in 2010), the consequent need to prioritize the use of available resources, technological limitations (including the consequences of the problematic website launch), the need to phase in the implementation of various provisions in an integrated and rational sequel.”

T.S. Jost, D, and S. Lazarus, JD,  “Obama’s ACA Delays – Breaking the Law or Making It Work?”, New England Journal of Medicine, May 22, 2014.

Comment:  Americans do not like massive change or massive uncertainties that accompany massive change,  no matter how well-intended.   Incremental change would have been better.

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