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Photo of the day: Obamacare’s regulations in one giant stack

posted at 12:06 pm on March 12, 2013 by

Late last week, Obamacare regulators added more than 800 pages to an ever-growing document that will govern your healthcare.  The bureaucrats’ work product now prints out to 20,000 pages — nearly eight times the length of the infamous original bill:


That tower is already taller than Kobe Bryant, and much of the law hasn’t even gone into effect yet.  According to the Government Accountability Office, Obamacare is projected to add $6.2 trillion to the nation’s long-term deficits, despite presidential assurances that it wouldn’t add a “single dime” to our red ink:

“This legislation is fully paid for, and will not add one single dime to our deficit.”

We’re also seeing more evidence that the healthcare law is killing jobs, as predicted by the Congressional Budget Office and Obamacare opponents alike:

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday released an edition of its so-called “beige book,” that said the 2010 healthcare law is being cited as a reason for layoffs and a slowdown in hiring. ”Employers in several Districts cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire more staff,” said the March 6 beige book, which examines economic conditions across various Federal Reserve districts across the country.

A former Obama adviser is now admitting that the law was never intended to be “a jobs program.”  Funny, that’s not what Democrats told us while they were jamming it down our throats.  I’ll leave you with Nancy Pelosi explaining how Obamacare is really all about creating millions of jobs and, er, reducing the deficit:

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Shut up, he explained.

And, to bring back a great quote, “thanks, President Obama! ” -crr6

Vanceone on March 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

More regulations are better, right?

Chuck Schick on March 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Every line of regulation has a cost. Think of it as a tax.

tom daschle concerned on March 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Obamacare is projected to add $6.2 trillion to the nation’s long-term deficits, despite presidential assurances that it wouldn’t add a “single dime” to our red ink:

Well, it is true. Obamacare is not going to add one single dime to our debt. It’s going to add 62 trillion dimes to our debt.

rbj on March 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

well at least we’ll all be free to explore our inner artists and not have to worry about having health care insurance premiums to harsh our creative mellows

DanMan on March 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Well, it is true. Obamacare is not going to add one single dime to our debt. It’s going to add 62 trillion dimes to our debt.

rbj on March 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Ahhhhh, now it all makes sense. “I did not have sexual relations with *that* woman” really meant “I had sexual relations with ALL THOSE women.”

Leftists are easy to understand once you crack the code of stupid.

SoRight on March 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Look at all the fraud, waste, and abuse stacked in the corner and there is a lot more to come.

tommer74 on March 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

This reminds me – I need to finish reading the Wheel of Time.

gwelf on March 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

posted at 12:06 pm on March 12, 2013 by Guy Benson

Good post, Guy. I’d like to see this as a regular post, not just a green room entry. I know you didn’t write a ton of commentary, but you brought together enough of the right material to really help drive home the point. It deserves more exposure.

ITguy on March 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

To the moon!

TexasDan on March 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I’ll leave you with Nancy Pelosi explaining how Obamacare is really all about creating millions of jobs

Democrats see increased regulation as creating jobs because of the amount of human effort that has to go into writing the regulations and then COMPLYING with them.

But all of that is a BURDEN on the businesses of America.
It’s not the kind of “job creation” you want!

ITguy on March 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Wow … just the beginning of: “We’ll have to pass this bill to see what’s in it.” -MegaMillionaire SanFran Pelosi (Gimmedat-CA)

So, calculate how high a stack of dimes would be that would equal $6.2 TRILLION. … I’ll simply report that that stack would get you half-way to the Sun. The length of that dime stack is about 7.5 MILLION KILOMETERS.

Missilengr on March 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM

The goal of the adminstrative state is to make an unelected bureaucracy so powerful, and the regulations so confusing, that people are reduced to paralyzed sheep.

Wethal on March 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The goal of the adminstrative state is to make an unelected bureaucracy so powerful, and the regulations so confusing, that people are reduced to paralyzed sheep.

Wethal on March 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Given recent elections, I’d say that’s largely ‘mission accomplished’.

Midas on March 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Wow … just the beginning of: “We’ll have to pass this bill to see what’s in it.” -MegaMillionaire SanFran Pelosi (Gimmedat-CA)

So, calculate how high a stack of dimes would be that would equal $6.2 TRILLION. … I’ll simply report that that stack would get you half-way to the Sun. The length of that dime stack is about 7.5 MILLION KILOMETERS.

Missilengr on March 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Somewhere in California a village is missing a corrupt politician dangling by her neck from a streetlamp in front of City Hall. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama and their corrupt ilk really should be all it takes for all descent people to join this political party.

Welcome to the Stout Hemp Rope Party…

SWalker on March 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Sickening and the height of irrationality and evil (any law that is subjective, ambiguous, and arbitrarily enforced is immoral) …

ShainS on March 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

This reminds me – I need to finish reading the Wheel of Time.

gwelf on March 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I quit after book five. Are they counting them using scientific notation yet?

TexasDan on March 12, 2013 at 2:35 PM

The trifecta of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, with ObamaCare as D’Artagnan, was one of the most toxic confluences in the history of our great country.

Paul-Cincy on March 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM