Obamacare’s Runaway Regulations

August 19, 2015

 
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Most laws are not enacted by Congress. Ninety percent (90%) of all federal laws are written by regulators, writes Jonathan Emord, a DC–based constitutional attorney, in his book, The Rise of Tyranny. They become law without a vote.
 
Text Box:  Federal regulators are the unelected bureaucrats sitting in the alphabet soup of federal agencies (e.g. EPA, DHS, DOC, DOE, DOJ, DOT, HHS, IRS, VA) and their boards, bureaus, centers, foundations, funds, institutes, offices and programs. Twenty-one federal agencies are working to implement Obamacare, and 159 offices, agencies and programs were added by Obamacare..
 
These bureaucrats are your lawmakers. You don’t know their names. You can’t vote them out of office. All you can do is comment. One 373-page ACA rule had only 23 comments.
 
The Obamacare law (ACA) is tiny compared to Obamacare’s regulations. Here is a March 2013 photo of the stack of ACA regulations (or rules) tweeted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It is called #TheRedTapeTower.
 
The number of words on each page of rules far exceeds the number on each page of law. The enacted law was 2,700 pages of big type and wide margins. A compressed 907-page version is an 8½-inch stack in our office. A still more compressed version is the yellow book in the chair above. The ACA rules are in tiny font, three columns to a page, stacked at least eight feet high.
 
We’re losing our freedom through regulation. The Mercatus Institute calculated regulatory restrictions added by the last five presidents by counting words such as shall, must, may not, prohibited, and required. Restrictions have doubled from when Carter took office (580,000) to about 1,070,000 in 2014. Their chart:
 
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Runaway regulations began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1937, FDR threatened to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with 15 justices after the Court ruled that FDR ‘New Deal’ bills delegating Congress’ lawmaking authority to executive agencies were unconstitutional. Two justices caved and the Social Security Administration and the National Labor Relations Board were born. But the Constitution didn’t change; congressional delegation is still unconstitutional.
 
Mr. Emord once drafted a bill for Congressman Ron Paul “preventing the adoption of any agency rule that has an economic impact unless and until Congress has enacted the rule into law.” Let’s unearth that bill and move it forward. Congress should be held directly responsible for every word that takes our dollars and eliminates our freedom.
 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder