OPINION: Wall Street Journal Obamacare Editorial "Auditors say HHS isn’t close to being ready to launch in October"

June 20, 2013

The Wall Street Journal editorial board today joined the chorus of concerns following yesterday’s release of two new reports by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) that sound the alarm on Obamacare’s delays and missed deadlines. The reports state the programs’ implementation delays and missed deadlines show potential for “implementation challenges going forward.” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), one of the requesters of the GAO audits, lamented, “News of delays and missed deadlines are now just as prevalent as reports of Obamacare’s broken promises and the looming rate shock in store for millions of Americans."

EDITORIAL: ObamaCare Trail of Tears

Auditors say HHS isn’t close to being ready to launch in October.

Set aside the IRS or the National Security Agency—the most secretive part of the government is the Health and Human Services Department and the black box that is implementation of the Affordable Care Act. For years HHS has stonewalled the congressional oversight committees about its progress, and now we're starting to learn why.

On Wednesday the auditors at the Government Accountability Office released the results of two investigations and optimistically conclude that it "cannot yet be determined" if ObamaCare will be ready for enrollment a mere four months from now. The GAO's detailed portrait of blown deadlines, regulatory improvisation and general chaos explains why HHS has been anti-transparent. …

If HHS had any appreciation for basic accountability it would release the facts itself instead of going dark and running ObamaCare as a black-ops mission. … Could it be that the department doesn't want people to know about the coming "rate shock" like that in California?

But ObamaCare supporters should also have night sweats about the haywire launch that the GAO suggests is in the offing. The entire Rube Goldberg apparatus depends on young, healthy people signing up to cross-subsidize more expensive patients and prevent health plans from going into a death spiral in which premiums don't cover claims.

Yet the June Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll—which also found that public support for ObamaCare hit a new post-passage low of 35%—reports that nearly one of three Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 do not believe that insurance "is worth the money it costs." …

Good luck getting millennials to sign up when plans aren't merely more expensive but when the exchanges malfunction, or doctors don't accept exchange coverage because someone checked the wrong box, or any number of myriad administrative problems. HHS is promising an iPhone and app store, and what it is about to deliver is a rotary dial and switchboard that doesn't work.

Read the entire editorial online HERE.