11 Million Words: ObamaCare Regs Already 30 Times Longer than Law

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Almost taller than the flag

Almost taller than the flag

We’ll just have to pass it to find out what sorts of regulations will be written around it. And this isn’t the end.

This monster has just begun to grow. Imagine what it will look like in a decade? At 11 million words, it’s already physically impossible to read. To read through it, you would have to sit for 30 days, non-stop, without pause.

And even while you were reading, like the marching Chinese passing by a single point, new regulations would be added so that you could never ever finish.

Bureaucracies in the Obama Administration have thus far published approximately 11,588,500 words of final Obamacare regulations, while there are only 381,517 words in the Obamacare law itself.

That means unelected federal officials have now written 30 words of regulations for each word in the law.

That’s how the country runs. All those poor government workers have more real power than elected officials.

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

At an average of 1,100 words per page, the 10,535 pages of Obamacare regulations consist of approximately 11,588,500 words.

I imagine this is exactly what the Founders had in mind.

If there were a new liberal Constitution written today, it would have ten million pages and be completely indecipherable to the layman and would contradict itself on every other pages and assign all final powers to unelected bureaucrats.

  • winstonS

    ” It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”, James Madison

  • Cat’s Meow

    Obviously … we can’t do without the help of undocumented immigrants in navigating such documents for us.

  • v

    I am of the opinion that the Republican strategy should be to allow that disastrous healthcare act to take effect and insure to lay the blame at the feet of the democrats as it collapses. The best way to combat it is to have people suffer the consequences of their actions (votes). Guarantee that once people start feeling the pain in their wallet and their lives, they will regret, however it will be too late and the re-build will be very painful indeed. But…. ignorance and stupidity have a price. As this country is being demolished with the aid of Americans who are oblivious to their surroundings, we will see a once proud country go to its knees due to the actions of populace who have become “useful idiots”

    • larrybud

      But it’s not going to work that way. If and when Obamacare implodes, the “solution” of the statists will be more government. How do I know this? Because I can’t think of one failed government program that eventually was scrapped, but instead, it was “reformed” over and over and over again.

  • DogmaelJones1

    “If there were a new liberal Constitution written today, it would have
    ten million pages and be completely indecipherable to the layman and
    would contradict itself on every other pages and assign all final powers
    to unelected bureaucrats.” Just up Chief Justice Roberts’ alley. Chock full of contradictions and eminently unreadable anyway and just the job for a bean-counter. I wonder how many trees were felled to print just that one copy shown in the illustration.