ObamaCare Brings About Massive Increase in Regulations

By:  Raven Clabough
10/22/2013
       
ObamaCare Brings About Massive Increase in Regulations

President Obama’s signature healthcare law comes equipped with a seemingly endless amount of regulations, published in the Federal Register. According to CNS News, there are approximately 11,588,500 words of ObamaCare-related regulations, drastically surpassing the 381,517 words found within the healthcare law itself.

“That means unelected federal officials have now written 30 words of regulations for each word in the law,” CNS News writes.

Since the passage of the so-called Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, federal agencies have published 109 regulations that dictate the implementation of the new laws.

The 109 regulations amount to an additional 10,535 pages in the already full Federal Register.

This is in addition to the 11,000 + pages of regulations the Obama administration has already added to the Federal Register.

CNS breaks it down:

The Federal Register represents the regulations in relatively small type with three columns of text on each page. CNSNews.com calculated that there is an average of 1,100 words on each of these pages by counting the actual words in one 78-page Obamacare regulation and then dividing it by 78.

At an average of 1,100 words per page, the 10,535 pages of Obamacare regulations consist of approximately 11,588,500 words.

The final regulations for just the individual mandate provision of the healthcare law is 75 pages, defining to whom the mandate applies, all the exemptions, and what types of insurance satisfy the government’s rules.

According to a report from the House Committee on Ways and Means, there are over 80 million hours of rules and regulations that American businesses and families have to comply with. Examples found within that report include:

• Return of the organization exempt from income tax under section 501(c), 527, or 4947 (a) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code: 25,766,156 hours

• Form 3800, General Business Credit: 5,307,500 hours

• Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums: 40,189,456 hours.

• Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return: 4,366,381 hours.

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