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11,588,500 WORDS - and still no one understands Obamacare!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
October 15th, 2013
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What's in a name - or a number? Bureaucrats have added to the already puzzling maze that is known as health care reform, or "Obamacare," and has come up with approximately 11,588,500 words of final Obamacare regulations. There are only, if still substantial 381,517 words in the Obamacare law itself, which means in essence that lawmakers have written 30 words of regulations for each word in the law.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Obamacare law includes both the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, or HCERA. Signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010, various agencies within the administration have since published 109 final regulations, detailing how they will be put in practice.

These 109 final regulations account for a combined 10,535 pages officially published in the Federal Register, where the government placed them.

Whip out the magnifying glasses: The Federal Register presents the regulations in relatively small type with three columns of text on each page. Others have 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 by 78.

At 1,100 words per page, give or take a few, the 10,535 pages of Obamacare regulations consist of approximately 11,588,500 words.

As officially published by the Government Printing Office, PPACA is 906 pages long and HCERA is 55 pages long. These pages include an average of only 397 words, meaning PPACA and HCERA's combined 961 pages consist of approximately 381,517 words.

For each word actually in the Obamacare law that Congress enacted, the Obama administration has written 30 more words in regulations indicating how it will be enforced.

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