Another blind ObamaCare implementation

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A healthcare advocate contends that the government shouldn't have proposed new rules for ObamaCare at the end of the year, when Americans were busy celebrating the holidays.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced four proposed rules for ObamaCare during the holiday season, placing them up for public review and comments between Thanksgiving and the New Year and giving a minimum of 30 days for evaluation.

Brase, Twila (CCHF)Twila Brase, president of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), reports that the proposals included new rules for insurance fees, a requirement for exchanges to offer national health plans, and guidelines to increase costs and include higher premiums.

"This is bad for the public process. There is reason why we have the Administrative Procedures Act that requires the administration to give the public long enough to actually read, digest, and respond to the regulations in order to protect the American people from regulators doing some things that are outside the law or going further than they should," Brase submits.

"They should issue rules only at a time when they know that the public has the time to read them and the time to respond to them," the CCHF president continues. "Otherwise, the public is just getting another implementation of ObamaCare that we have to pass before we can actually know what's in it."

Although the review period was short, Brase says many Americans urged the HHS to extend it for better review of the nearly 750 pages of new material. Her group hopes to obtain that.

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