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HHS Releases 1,300 Pages of Obamacare Regulations on July 4th Eve

HHS Releases 1,300 Pages of Obamacare Regulations on July 4th Eve

If they’re announcing it before a holiday it must be good news, right?

The Obama administration has a habit of releasing new regulations at the beginning of holiday weekends and the 4th of July is no exception.

While most Americans are planning outings with family and friends for picnics and fireworks, 1,300 pages of new Obamacare regulations were released.

Larry O’Connor of Truth Revolt reported:

Holiday Document Dump: 1,300 Pages Of Obamacare Regs On July 4th Eve

The Department of Health and Human Services released nearly 1,300 pages of new regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at 4:15 Thursday, just as the nation was beginning their Independence Day holiday weekend.

The regulations deal with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. How doctors get paid by HHS through the new, overreaching Obamacare guidelines has been an item of concern for the American Medical Association, a key supporter of the health care law.

Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner also noted the timing:

The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama’s administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are focused on their holiday plans.

The release came at 4:15 p.m.

Last year, the Obama administration used the days surrounding the July 4th holiday as an opening to announce a delay to the employer mandate and to disclose the fact that the exchanges would operate on the honor system, doling out benefits without properly verifying information provided by applicants.

If this was good news, would the Obama administration quietly release it on the eve of a holiday weekend? Of course not. In fact, if it was good news Obama would have held a press conference so he could take credit for it.


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To quote Dorothy Parker: “What new fresh hell is this?”

There is a good bit of change going on now that people are not aware of. For instance, if you get ill and have to go to the hospital and undergo treatment as an inpatient, then you are discharged and have a problem that would ordinarily necessitate readmission, you can forget the readmission. I had a patient that I saw as follow up for a cardiac stent. He looked ill so I called his doctor and told him he needed admit. Did not occur. Every effort was made to keep the man out of the hospital, not to find out what his problem was. And, no, I could not admit him myself due to the nature of my job and what I do. This attitude is generated by the fact that doctors receive a 10% bonus not to readmit. This puts patients at a risk. The same activity is going on with almost every aspect of care.