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"What the GAO found is what most Americans have known all along: this law isn't ready for primetime and come October millions of Americans and small businesses are going to be the ones suffering the consequences," said Ranking Member Hatch. "We're less than four months away from open enrollment for the ObamaCare exchanges, but the programs' details have more holes in it than Swiss cheese, and this Administration still wants to guarantee that the exchanges will provide insurance coverage to millions of Americans? Give me break. This is another broken promise from this
"The non-partisan GAO reports underscore the sad reality that the administration is still woefully unprepared for implementation despite the law being signed over three years ago," said Chairman Upton. "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."
"The GAO's finding that the government is behind schedule in implementing Obamacare is troubling, but should not be surprising," Chairman Issa stated. "This law has been unpopular and unwieldy every step of the way. We are seeing a roll out marred by missed deadlines and incomplete programs, but the real harm to patients, doctors, and taxpayers will result from a fully operational Obamacare."
"This GAO report confirms our suspicions about the implementation of the health care law," said Chairman Graves. "The law is indeed a train wreck with no relief in sight. One of the reasons small businesses were promised that health care costs could drop was the competition envisioned by the SHOPs. Instead, today's report found that key activities and critical programs are incomplete and behind schedule. Add that to the recent year-long delay in the SHOP options health insurance and you have less competition, which could lead to higher premiums for small businesses. With each passing day it appears the creation of the exchanges are very much in doubt, creating more uncertainty for small companies who are already struggling to understand this massively complicated law."
Open enrollment for federal or state health insurance exchanges begins on
Key findings from the GAO Reports follow:
* States have yet to complete 85 percent of the required program activities. GAO found that, "...states had between 16 and 52 key activities remaining to be completed, or on average, about 85 percent of their total key activities [actions that must be completed before
* Core functions of both federal and state-based exchanges have yet to be completed. According to GAO, "[