CBS News has been digging into the cause of the delays in preparing the website for the government's health insurance market and has learned was a major interruption in the months before President Obama's re-election. At the height of the 2012 presidential election campaign, it was crunch time for the Obama administration to release key instructions so contractors could work toward the October 2013 deadline. But a Health and Human Services official who was closely involved tells CBS News that in late summer, the administration stopped issuing proposed rules for the Affordable Health Care Act until after the election. The result was what many viewed as a serious delay as contractors, states and insurance companies awaited crucial guidance to move forward.
"Some of (the rules) were ready to go back in June or July," says one insider. "Suddenly, everything was on hold." CBS News reviewed the HHS website and found between 2010 and August 31, 2012, 109 proposed regulations and guidance were issued. Then from September 1 until late November there were none. The flurry resumed after the election.
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