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
Twila Brase, president of
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.