In shocking news this morning we learn that the Obama administration is going to miss another deadline:
(Reuters) – The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1.
Needless to say this does NOT come as a surprise but rather as an expectation from this administration. What does it mean?
Coming at a time when state and federal officials are still working to overcome challenges to the information technology systems necessary to make the exchanges work, some experts say that even a small delay could jeopardize the start of the six-month open enrollment period.
U.S. officials have said repeatedly that the marketplaces, which are the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law, would begin on time.
But the October 1 deadline has already begun to falter at the state level, with Oregon announcing plans to scale back the launch of its own marketplace and California saying it would consider a similar move.
I’m betting January 1 is already dead in the water. But don’t worry:
But having everything ready on October 1 is not a critical issue.
Well, what IS the critical issue:
What matters to people is January 1, which is when the coverage is supposed to start. If that were delayed, it would be a substantive setback.
Strap in for a substantive setback.