Officials have already drafted 13,000 pages of rules & regs for health care law

posted at 4:01 pm on July 5, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

…And they’re still going strong.

Now that they have the Supreme Court’s go-ahead, federal and state officials are looking to begin the implementation of the PPACA, meaning that it’s time to start adding to the already 13,000 pages-worth of the law’s directives — an endeavor that’s going to cost us all a lot of money and resources. I don’t know how the people actually writing the darn things aren’t daunted, but the thought of this many bureaucrats, trying to administer the minutiae of so many rules and regulations, on behalf of the entire country, has me shakin’ in my boots (h/t Gateway Pundit):

The Health and Human Services Department “was given a billion dollars implementation money,” Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana said. “That money is gone already on additional bureaucrats and IT programs, computerization for the implementation.”

“Oh boy,” Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute said. “HHS has a huge amount of work to do and the states do, too. There will be new health insurance marketplaces in every state in the country, places you can go online, compare health plans.” …

“It’s a delegation of extensive authority from Congress to the Department of Health and Human Services and a lot of boards and commissions and bureaus throughout the bureaucracy,” Matt Spalding of the Heritage Foundation said. “We counted about 180 or so.” …

“They are asking for several hundred new employees,” Dorn said. “You have rules you need to write and you need lawyers, so there are lots of things you need to do when you are standing up a new enterprise.” …

180 new bureaus/boards/commissions, hundreds of new employees, billions of dollars, who knows how many new rules to comply with… the mind reels. Make no mistake about it, whatever Team Obama says — this is a massive, unprecedented expansion of federal power. Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass it to know what’s in it, and we’re still not even done figuring out what’s in it. Awesome.

And it’s not as if all of these rules and regulations are just innocent little administrative instructions, either; the Catholic Church, for instance, isn’t too pleased with the rule decreeing that insurance plans need to cover contraception, regardless of religious affiliations. What other nefarious liberty-infringing, social-engineering surprises are going to come out of this legislative Pandora’s box?


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if it’s fair.

davidk on July 5, 2012 at 5:07

Not sure what you mean by that. Fair to whom?

Paddington on July 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

A few weeks ago, before the ObamaCare decision came down by the SCOTUS, I successfully predicted the outcome, while many were so sure the mandate would fail and ObamaCare would become a moot issue.

My conclusion was based on a HotAir Headline having to do with the White House not wasting time on a “Plan B” if and when ObamaCare went down in flames. This was my clue that Obama and his henchmen already knew the outcome in advance. It was going to be his “Trifecta” moment, because he had just recently agreed with gays getting married and he instructed the Feds to lay off illegal immigrants.

Having the gays and the majority of Hispanics firmly entrenched in his back pocket, the ObamaCare decision would energize the rest of his base…those who are and always will be counting on the Federal government from cradle to grave.

Yes, he knew the outcome of ObamaCare and the ruling for Arizona as well and he and his administration were running around the country fundraising for the election, not wasting time wondering about how the SCOTUS would rule in either case.

Now, it has been said that Obama will pull out an “October Surprise” just before the election by instructing that all laws pertaining to the illegal use of pot be ignored by law enforcement. I absolutely agree this will happen. This will energize the young and middle-aged, undecided and independent base that he needs to pull off a landslide victory in November. The polls will be packed with his followers…young, middle-aged, gays and lesbians, Hispanics, Blacks, independents, moderates and Romney will wind up with a showing worse than McCain.

The country of true American patriots will never recover after that. The beginning of the end will be upon us, and no one group of people can be more responsible than that miserable bunch of jokers we refer to as “Republican Congresspeople.” American patriots gave them ample opportunities over the last few decades to tackle the healthcare debacle and well as other pressing issues of our time. But the self-serving, pompous asses blew it, all the while enriching lives for themselves and their families.

Over the course of the next few years, while the American patriots witness the final destruction of the middle class, you can be sure those in Washington will have nothing to fear. They, their families and cronies, will still be comfortable regardless of higher gas prices, higher food prices, skyrocketing utility costs and on and on. Obama and the Dems will take care of the lazy and dependent, and “Republican Fat Cats” will continue to feed off our emotions, at the same time laughing all the way to the bank.

metroryder on July 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

gwelf on July 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Thanks!

I’m beyond jaded when listening to any Dem’s response to anything the GOP proposes, but that particular one surprised even me.

PatriotGal2257 on July 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Just think…

… Less than 24 hours ago we were celebrating Independce Day.

Seven Percent Solution on July 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Mine was more a lamentation for lost/stolen Independence Day. All those wonderful people from the Founding Fathers on down who gave everything for it – and look at all these progressives hitting it over the head with a shovel, burying it in a shallow grave, and pissing on it.

Midas on July 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

The Dems said this in response to a different matter altogether — Paul Ryan’s budget, I think — but the response fits with this perfectly:

(3) We don’t really have another plan. All we know is that we don’t like yours [the Republicans'].

Feel free to add more.

PatriotGal2257 on July 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM

That was the tax expert, Timothy Geithner.

Midas on July 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Midas on July 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Amen! I have had general conversations with progressives about what was endured to found this country (not anything to do with politics) and guess what? They don’t get it and they don’t care. It’s sickening.

Paddington on July 5, 2012 at 5:29 PM

“It’s a delegation of extensive authority from Congress to the Department of Health and Human Services and a lot of boards and commissions and bureaus throughout the bureaucracy,”

Just think of all THE PATRONAGE that’s going to be handed out!

Just get in right with Her Highness of Health Care and you too could be pulling down a 6 figure government salary. And for those facing election this fall in re-drawn districts…worried about the competition?….worried about not getting re-elected?….then it’s time to call Dear Old Kathleen!

GarandFan on July 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM

That was the tax expert, Timothy Geithner.

Midas on July 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Ah, yes, Turbo Tax Timmy. Slime as all the rest of the Administration is.

PatriotGal2257 on July 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Not sure what you mean by that. Fair to whom?

Paddington on July 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

It rhymed.

But the issue of fairness is a big one for the left.

They want everyone absolutely equal in everything. Then it will be fair.

Of course we will need the overlords to tell us just what equal is and make sure it stays that way.

davidk on July 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

metroryder on July 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Beautiful rant, but legalizing drugs won’t help him much if the economy is suffering. We will see by tomorrow if the spin machine of the LSM can swing more voters to his side.

Decoski on July 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Why not just use the Communist manifesto. Something Indonesians would understand.

tarpon on July 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

In related news, Mitt Romney rakes in 100 million in june.

taternuggets on July 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I saw the wackjobs at MSNBC complaining about how unfair that these super PACS are giving so much money to Romney as if to excuse Obama should he lose in November. Voters got duped by all the campaign ads! Hahaha!

Decoski on July 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Before everyone jumps out of the foxhole and follows the flag up the hill, ask yourself, who else is jumping out of the foxhole and who is hunkering down at the ridgeline?

Eeyore, me? You betcha.

Limerick on July 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM

…so make them read every word…starting with Nancy Pelosi!

KOOLAID2 on July 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Beautiful rant, but legalizing drugs won’t help him much if the economy is suffering. We will see by tomorrow if the spin machine of the LSM can swing more voters to his side.

Decoski on July 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

My friend, numbers count. If you’ll notice, the lawmen are coming down hard on dispensaries and it will only get worse until Obama announces his “October Surprise”. It will be disguised as a fairness issue as well as a move to combat drug smuggling from Mexico. In other words, cut off the head of the snake and the snake dies. That will be Obama’s premise. Vigorously enforcing the law now and blockng the supply of pot even more will cause tempers to rise among the casual and criminal users. Obama’s “surprise” will be a much-heralded celebration across the country.

As far as the economy is concerned, the numerous, dependent Obama supporters will care less as long as American patriots will be on hand to fork over more taxes to take care of them. Why not enjoy ObamaPhones, ObamaPot, ObamaSex, ObamaFood, ObamaLiquor, ObamaCigarettes, ObamaSUV’s, and ObamaHomes at the expense of others!

metroryder on July 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

These excessive and mammoth rules and regs are the overwhelm part of the Alinsky way–they throw so much at you that you can’t figure out what’s what and what they create is so unmanageable even they can’t figure it out so the result becomes anarchy and chaos which is exactly what Osniveler wants.

stukinIL4now on July 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

In related news, Mitt Romney rakes in 100 million in june.

taternuggets

Oh yeah? If he’s such a good candidate, why didn’t he raise $200 million?

gryphon

/sarc

xblade on July 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

We hate your stinking 13,000+ pages O.

3dpuzzman on July 5, 2012 at 7:08 PM

What’s an offcial?

hepcat on July 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Same as an “Official” except that the “Offcial” is an unconstitutional version and there’s nothing you can do about, except this November.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 5, 2012 at 4:10 PM

“Offcial” is the taxed version; and therefore Constitutional.
“Official” is the mandated version; thus, un-Constitutional.
They’re interchangeable at the administrative level.
And the proles don’t know the difference, anyway.

Solaratov on July 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

They want the government to take over every last bit of their lives so all they have to do is lie back, push the button on the TV clicker every now and again and cash those government checks.

catsandbooks on July 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Heh! Direct deposit!

Solaratov on July 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Hot Air needs to be more effective in its imagery. Anyone who has ever worked in an office knows that stack of paper is maybe 2000 or 2500 pages. To use this as an image of something with 13,000 pages is like comparing the Titanic to a tugboat.

Matushka on July 5, 2012 at 8:26 PM

you can’t figure out what’s what and what they create is so unmanageable even they can’t figure it out so the result becomes anarchy and chaos which is exactly what Osniveler wants.

stukinIL4now on July 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

What you aren’t ready to use that to your advantage?

Why look right here on page 2243, it says any employee who wishes to opt out of payroll withholding merely has to sign a form. I think ADP has a online form for that.

woot!

just wondering when our side is gonna fight back?

orbitalair on July 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

So this is the regulatory mess the Democrats want the American people to face trying to get access to healthcare. What the heck is wrong with the Democrats? Those not directly turned down for care will mostly die waiting in line for care. Thanks Democrats!

aposematic on July 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

death panels…when it’s time they just lay the regs bundle on your chest.

bluesdoc70 on July 5, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Officials have already drafted 13,000 pages of rules & regs

and counting I presume…

Aaalrighty then…where can I get a copy? I think this mountain of paper might serve me very well at my local polling place on election day. This should be the very last thing a voter sees before they cast their ballot….along with the reminder that this is the new set of rules and regs that just became attached to all your healthcare concerns.
Think it will all fit in a pick-up?

lynncgb on July 5, 2012 at 11:07 PM

What was it Ayn Rand said? If we don’t have enough criminals, we will make them.

rockmom on July 5, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Creating Jobs, one Federal worker at a time.

Brilliant!

realitycheck on July 6, 2012 at 12:19 AM

OBAMACARE:

Killing the sick…and stealing their money!!!

landlines on July 6, 2012 at 1:58 AM

The trouble is not just this health care system is incompetent, economically draining,dictatorial and subject to multi-billions in fraudulent claims but that it will add hundreds of thousands of useless, overpaid bureaucrats (not doctors) to the program whose sole function it will be to deny coverage to to those who need it and allow participation by the politically connected and cronies and relatives.

If you want something to fail let the government run it. 100% guarantee!!!

MaiDee on July 6, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Just 13,000 more reasons for repeal. We do not want Obamacare, and it will be repealed. Will start over with a smaller, less expensive, plan all can agree on.

Amazingoly on July 6, 2012 at 6:31 AM

I have a problem with the process… I think every rule and reg should be written into the law itself and congress should read the regs. These bureaucrats were not elected and they can pretty much put whatever they want to in the law. As conservatives we should demand that the regulations are written by conservative law makers.

The big problem is that most members of congress are just plain lazy.

jeffn21 on July 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Who is shocked to see 16,500 new IRS agents hired to enforce the buying of an insurance policy?? While they are at it they will be collecting all the hidden taxes tucked away in the law: Tanning beds, Medical devices, 3.8% Medicare tax on real estate, penalties, interest, etc.!!! We ain’t seen nothing yet!! It will have a new stealth tax code unto itself!! Repeal or we are doomed!!

Marco on July 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Of course the officials are drafting new laws and regulations and every one of those new laws and regulations will need a government office staffed with federal and state employees to mandate those laws, all the time denying the fact that they are growing the government. The health law has almost nothing to do with health but volumes of laws and regulations that we were warned about all through this making of the law. The GOP base is now aware of some of the beauty of this nightmare and would like to trim here and there while lieing to us about getting rid of the entire law. Wake up!

mixplix on July 7, 2012 at 6:15 AM

While our Congress is complaining about the amount of work they are doing feast your eyes on the amount of staff that work for your elected work – a – haul- it- all. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_staff#Types_of_staff_members

mixplix on July 7, 2012 at 6:20 AM

Major Geeks

Just testing.

thatsafactjack on July 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

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