Originally Posted by samclem
delaying them (the availabilty of choices under the SHOP [Small Business Health Options Program] insurance program for small businesses now being delayed until 2015. I'm trying to find an impartial explanation on why this very important program has slipped).
Many portions of the implementation of ACA were funded thinly, to keep costs down. When you try to develop and deploy a service with no flexibility in the plan (because flexibility you end up not needing looks like wasting taxpayer money), any need for flexibility causes delay, because there isn't redundancy in the funding to afford robustness.
This is standard everyday stuff in today's new, generally penny-wise/pound-foolish American government . Figuratively speaking, we plan on the painters to show up on Thursday and Friday (because it would cost more to have more painters come in to get the whole job done on Thursday, so we have some flexibility in the plan) so we can open on Saturday, but the painters are a day late, so we cannot open on Saturday, because either the painters are there or the place is only half-painted.
All indications are that what happened with SHOP is this very thing. It wasn't a reflection of any legislative action - just a matter of what happens when you try to do three years' work in two. It is not the only facet of ACA implementation that is currently facing the prospect of missing deadlines due to budgeting on the razor's edge.