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    Guess what! It’s time for 700 pages more of fun Obamacare regulations

    Guess what! It’s time for 700 pages more of fun Obamacare regulations

    Nancy Pelosi was wrong:  Even after passing the bill, no one could have possibly known what was in it!

    That’s because America’s finest bureaucrats are creating a galaxy of amazing new rules to implement provisions of the “Affordable Care Act”.  In the traditional Friday-night document dump that is the hallmark of how the Obama Administration operates, The Hill writer Megan Wilson reports that over 700 pages of new rules were released:

    The four rules, which are scheduled for publication in mid-March, finalize both major and minor parts of the healthcare reform law that Congress passed in 2010.

    Three of the regulations are final and roll out the multistate healthcare exchanges and reforms to the insurance market, including provisions to encourage cost-sharing, stabilize health insurance premiums and prevent providers from denying coverage….

    The other rule is a proposal to implement the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), making it effective on Jan. 1, 2015.

    The change in the effective date is due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services receiving comments that warned of the difficulties in implementing the program.

    The only thing one can say with certainty: These new requirements will ensure that the Affordable Care Act is anything but!

    Interestingly, Court TV founder Steven Brill appeared on The Daily Show and provided clear details on the the complex and senseless market forces that drive the American health care industry…none of which the new law addresses.

    Rules such as those found in 700 pages of legalistic documentation do nothing to help businesses to open or expand. In fact, the founder of a famous food chain near and dear to my family says today’s regulatory environment would have stopped him from opening a store in the first place.

    It’s hard to imagine a world without the $5 Footlong. But Subway founder Fred Deluca says the sandwich chain would not exist if it started today.

    “I’ll tell ya, if I had started Subway today, Subway would not exist,” ” Deluca said on Wednesday. ”Because I had an easy time of it in the ’60s when I started, and I just see a continuing increase of regulations.”

    Deluca spoke on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” about the current state of the economy. He said the economic environment is unfriendly toward businesses and has undergone drastic changes since he founded Subway in 1965.

    And how about those pills President Obama wants Americans to take instead of surgery? Sadly, drug innovations that are a key Obamacare solution are crushed under the weight of testing requirements:

    A recent report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimates that it costs an average of $1.2 billion to win FDA approval and bring a new drug to market. Given that biopharmaceuticals account for roughly two percent of the economy, this is no small matter.

    The chief problem is the complex process of clinical trials, in particular “Phase 3,” in which a drug is tested and retested to prove its its effectiveness in treating conditions across a broad population. These trials have a strong track record, but they are poorly suited to new biopharmaceuticals, which are often very effective in smaller, targeted groups despite a lower success rate in the public at large. Under the current system, many of these drugs may fail their trials despite their effectiveness when prescribed correctly.

    I suspect many of my fellow Democrats are going to be shocked at the realities of Obamacare implementation, because the devil was in the details that had yet to be written.


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    And for those of you who don’t believe that the Constitution prohibits the Executive Branch from exercising Legislative Branch powers, these consequences of the Affordable Care Act – named by the law of contraries no doubt – arise solely because the law pretends to grant the Executive Branch authority to make laws. Here is a real-life practical example of why it is wrong – in the practical not theoretical sense – for Congress to grant such powers to the Executive Branch. It is of no consequence, that they’re called “rules” or “regulations” or “diktats” or “ukasks”; if they have the force of the laws passed by Congress, they are laws in fact and in law. And we, those trodden underfoot by our “betters”, have zero input into what those laws will be. At least when Congress considers a new law, we are allowed to write to the Congress-critters who pretend to represent our interests and squeal before being turned into bacon. Evidently, that was too much for our “lords and masters” to tolerate; hence the practice of letting bureaucrats in the Executive Branch write the actual laws which govern us.

    Midwest Rhino | March 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Wasn’t Obama (or his minions) meeting secretly with various interests like drug makers, hospitals, insurers? He essentially bought their support, by ignoring their excesses. Obamacare actually promised to fund the excess by requiring expensive plans.

    The high costs had to continue to keep “the 1%” happy. The avenue for funding those low income, non-paying regular customers on Medicaid, is to “tax” the responsible middle/working class to death. Another glorious unicorn promise of FREE STUFF, funded by the middle class. Why do they rob the middle class? Because that is where the money is.

    Global warming and health care, both designed to extract giant sums from the working class. Skyrocketing energy costs, public unions … everything from Democrats is designed to take over our life and extract a large fee, while removing choice. What better Trojan horse (unicorn) than “Affordable Health Care”.

    Can I opt out of Obamacare if I pose as an Indian? Or, plead insanity? Or, have dsylexia?

    GrumpyOne | March 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    We have become a country of (legal) drug addicts and O’bammy wants to push more pills???

    What ever happened to solving problems by seeking the root cause???

    I seriously think that within the last four years that more of dis-services to the American public have been inflicted than have occurred during the previous two hundred years.

    Gawd he’p us…

    Where the Daily Show is wring is the implication that all medical services are emergent. Some clearly are, but not all. I suspect that if patients can shop for routine services, the price of emergency care will also go down. I also don’t like that attitude that making money is somehow sinful.

      jacksonjay in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | March 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Exactly! How old is the concept of a “second opinion”? I shopped around for a colonoscopy and saved myself some money! Brill contradicts himself when he says that one hospital charges $6K for the MRI and another charges $2K!

      God forbid I get a doctor who does not care about making money! That doctor will be LESS concerned about providing a quality service!

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