By Rep Fred Upton
It has been more than three years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- better known as Obamacare -- was signed into law. In that time, we have exposed time and again why the law is bad policy.
We were promised that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep you health care plan" -- but because of the law's costly penalties and mandates, we know that simply will not be true for many Americans.
We were also told that the law would "lower costs for families and businesses" -- affordable coverage, after all, was the central premise and promise of the law. But in actuality, the law is expected to significantly increase insurance premiums for millions of Americans.
And today, news of the administration's delays and missed deadlines are now nearly as prevalent as objections to the law itself.
Two new reports released just last week by the independent, non-partisan Government Ac-countability Office (GAO) underscored this sad reality, finding that the administration is woefully unprepared to implement the overreaching law and many nec-essary details remain lacking.
The GAO states the programs' implementation delays and missed deadlines show potential for "implementation challenges going forward."
Among the reports' key findings, the agency determined that: states have yet to complete 85 percent of the required program activities; the core functions of federal and state-based exchanges have not been completed; and essential outreach to individuals and employers have been delayed.
With open enrollment for new federal and state health insurance exchanges beginning on October 1, 2013, it is clear that the administration has failed to prepare Obamacare for prime time. Sadly, it will be millions of Americans and small businesses who suffer the consequences.