The Half-Baked Federal Health Exchangesby Representative Michael C. Burgess
Posted on 2013-03-18
BURGESS asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. BURGESS. Mr. Speaker, it was 3 years ago tomorrow night that the
President's affordable health care law, or bill, was pushed through
this House of Representatives.
On Friday, in CQ Healthbeat, an article was published where the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges that come October 1 there [[Page H1554]] is ``some possibility'' that States will not be able to launch their health care exchanges.
Mr. Speaker, we're 6 months away, and the insurance exchanges are the very centerpiece of the functioning of this health care law, and they're essential for the President's law to operate.
The Federal Government has spent 3 years, well over $3 billion, assisting the States in implementing these exchanges; but the administration is now left only with the hope that it is ``not a Third World experience.'' A Third World experience.
It doesn't end there. Henry Chao, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official overseeing the exchange technology, said in the same article when discussing back-up plans should the exchanges not be operable come October, ``We are having discussions, but they are not fully baked yet.'' October is just around the corner. ``Not fully baked yet'' doesn't even sound like it's in the oven.