Confirmed: ObamaCare Bureaucracy Unleashed |
Remember when President Obama claimed that his health care proposal would “keep government out of health care decisions”?  Well, a new report out today from the non-partisan, independent Congressional Research Service lays that myth to rest.  It details the more than 100 new boards, commissions, and bureaucracies that come courtesy of ObamaCare, as POLITICO reported this morning:
Don’t bother trying to count up the number of agencies, boards and commissions created under the new health care law. Estimating the number is ‘impossible,’ a recent Congressional Research Service report says, and a true count ‘unknowable.’...The Center for Health Transformation, founded by Newt Gingrich, recently estimated that the new law created as many as 159 new offices, agencies and programs. Republican staffers on the Joint Economic Committee determined that there were 47 bureaucratic entities....

The CRS author based his conclusions on a search of the law for any of the following formulations: ‘there is established,’ ‘there is created,’ ‘there is hereby created,’ ‘shall establish,’ ‘shall create,’ ‘shall convene,’ ‘shall appoint,’ ‘purpose of this section to establish,’ ‘there is hereby established’ and ‘there is authorized to be established.’
In fact, yesterday’s Wall Street Journal noted that ObamaCare “has more than 1,000 references to actions that the ‘secretary shall’ take.”   Last week, the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Republicans released a chart illustrating the more than 100 new boards, commissions, and bureaucracies – a visual reminder of the consequences of the Democrats’ job-killing government takeover of health care:


Mapped out, ObamaCare’s byzantine bureaucracy can only mean one thing for families and small businesses: more government control over health care, fewer choices, and higher health care costs.  As Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN) put it, “The bill raises almost 1,000 questions and so far they have zero answers.”

House Republicans are fighting to repeal the Democrats' unconstitutional government takeover of health care and replace it with reforms focused on lower costs. House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) have signed discharge petitions by Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Wally Herger (R-CA) that would force votes in the House on legislation that would implement the will of the American people with respect to the president’s health care law.