by Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt
Health Care Thoughts: Health Exchange Delay
The Obama administration has delayed the decision point on state health exchanges until December 14th.
Much of the discussion on this issue has centered on politics. My focus is on more practical issues.
The Obama administration has a track record of being unable to develop administrative regulations on time and for writing complicated and incoherent regulations. We still do not know for certain what “essential benefits” might be and how the administration will balance intense lobbying on this issue versus affordability.
From a management and financial viewpoint it may make perfect sense to have the feds install their “plug-and-play” model exchange and to let the feds do the heavy lifting, politics aside. Maybe the Democrat governors are wrong on this one?