Back in 2010, the Health and Human Services Department missed its first Obamacare deadline, telegraphing what was to come; tasked with simply enumerating their own powers, they were able to do little more than regurgitate the bill’s massive table of contents, ostensibly overwhelmed by the breadth of their newfound central control. And things have gone downhill ever since.
The federal government has been managing a trickle of bad news since then, culminating this month with the announcement that a key mandate will be delayed for at least a year, relieving businesses of penalties they would have to pay should they fail to meet coverage guidelines under the law. It’s the series of calamities like these that led one of the bill’s primary authors, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., to privately fret over the rollout becoming a “train wreck.”
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Venable directs the Texas state chapter of Americans for Prosperity.americansforprosperity.org