Lawyers Have Already Drafted 13,000 Pages of Regulations for New ObamaTax Law

It’s a lawyer’s dream!
Officials have already drafted 13,000 pages of new regulations for the new ObamaTax law.
FOX News reported:

With the Supreme Court giving President Obama’s new health care law a green light, federal and state officials are turning to implementation of the law — a lengthy and massive undertaking still in its early stages, but already costing money and expanding the government.

The Health and Human Services Department “was given a billion dollars implementation money,” Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana said. “That money is gone already on additional bureaucrats and IT programs, computerization for the implementation.”

“Oh boy,” Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute said. “HHS has a huge amount of work to do and the states do, too. There will be new health insurance marketplaces in every state in the country, places you can go online, compare health plans.”

The IRS, Health and Human Services and many other agencies will now write thousands of pages of regulations — an effort well under way:

“There’s already 13,000 pages of regulations, and they’re not even done yet,” Rehberg said.

“It’s a delegation of extensive authority from Congress to the Department of Health and Human Services and a lot of boards and commissions and bureaus throughout the bureaucracy,” Matt Spalding of the Heritage Foundation said. “We counted about 180 or so.”

There has been much focus on the mandate that all Americans obtain health insurance, but analysts say that’s just a small part of the law — covering only a few pages out of the law’s 2700.

“The fact of the matter is the mandate is about two percent of the whole piece of the legislation,” Spalding said. “It’s a minor part.”

Much bigger than the mandate itself are the insurance exchanges that will administer $681 billion in subsidies over 10 years, which will require a lot of new federal workers at the IRS and health department.

“They are asking for several hundred new employees,” Dorn said. “You have rules you need to write and you need lawyers, so there are lots of things you need to do when you are standing up a new enterprise.”

For some, though, the bottom line is clear and troubling: The federal government is about to assume massive new powers.

Hat Tip Gini

Then there’s this…
The Obama Administration has already lined up an army of IRS agents to dole out fear and punishment.

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  • LibsRstupid

    On the 4th of July 2012 I proclaim “they no longer have my consent”.

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    “… For some, though, the bottom line is clear and troubling: The federal government is about to assume massive new powers. …”

    = = = = = =

    And what troubles ME is those new “regulatory bodies”… just like the EU, rules will be made by anonymous, un-elected, and UNACCOUNTABLE bureaucrats. You don’t know who they are, you don’t know how they decide the stuff they’re shoveling at you, you have no right to “redress of grievances”, and YOU CAN’T GET RID OF THEM.

    Plus –(way to go, you lazy, incompetent Congress-Cretins)– THERE IS NO CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. Nobody will have any say — kind of like the EPA, right now. (Think: CO2, which animals exhale and which plant life requires, is declared hazardous by the EPA and they insist they MUST regulate it. Gack!)

  • Practical Jane

    Wow, 13,000 Pages. Makes 2700 pages seem positively short.

  • Redwine

    Cass Sunstein’s wet dream come true.

    The whole damned regime, from the top down, needs to be sent to prison for treason.


    leave us alone. These communist have got to go.

  • AuntieMadder

    Quick! Ask Sheryl Crow: Should we now split the single square in half or pull the two ply apart? To save the rain forest, especially the baby trees and all, you know.

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  • Joe Blow

    Didn’t Will Shakespeare say something like “Kill all the lawyers and kill them tonight!”

  • bigL

    Justice Louis Brandeis, speaking of a case said, The American people have theright to be left alone.
    not any more. Sad.
    and none of these regulation writes a resubjec toObama care, nor Sebelius,nor Obama and family, nor
    any of congress, the Justices, their staff

  • Lightwave

    “They are asking for several hundred new employees…”

    Which means we’ll actually end up seeing tens of thousands, the only jobs Obamee will have created in his entire sorry presidency. Good luck getting one of these jobs if you’re a straight white male, by the way. Oh no, 99% of these “productive” jobs will be handed out to cronies and flunkies, complete with benefits like free government employee insurance and lifetime union contracts.

    What will you and your family get?

    Why, YOUR employer will cancel your insurance, meaning you’ll have to come hat in hand to Obameecare’s exchanges. There you’ll be able to choose from a number of insurance plans, alright. And every single one of them will be thousands of dollars per month. If you have a family to insure, expect that to cost anywhere from 25-50% of your total income per year, more than your mortgage and car payments combined…or you could pay OBAMEETAX instead. It’ll be cheaper of course.

    And as more insurance companies go out of business and more Americans skip insurance because premiums are tens of thousands of dollars a year, premiums go up for everyone else until the system crashes and the only alternative of course is socialist Europe government health care for all.

    Which of course will be paid for with tens of thousands in new “taxes” per American per year and six month waits to see a doctor for a cold…for the doctors that are left. I’m sure they’ll be ordered to work too.

    It will be paradise. For liberals. For real Americans it will be time to take to the streets.

    Of course, we need to be taking to the streets now. I was at my local Tea Party July 4th event yesterday. It was all anyone could talk about. People are angry and scared. They should be. It’s the end of America as a Republic.

    What did YOU do this July 4th holiday? What will it take for YOU to resist by whatever means necessary to save your country and your way of life?

    Better take a side. No room for those on the sidelines in the coming revolution.

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  • Tom Byron

    I thought The Apollo Group under The Tides Foundation wrote the ACA??? Are their lawyers writing these laws and regs???

  • Ton Byron

    Thomas Jefferson, “Most bad government has grown out of too much government.”

  • Stonedome

    The leviathan…I’m retiring to Belize. Buy gold and move your cash offshore. Can’t you see why the Google exec renounced his citizenship? This is not the founding fathers government anymore…

  • archer52

    Can they “do it”? Sure, look at the tax code. Will it “work”? No. Now the governors of about half the states are opting out further complicating the process.

    Remember what Roberts said- This is our mess created by our choice to vote Democrats and Obama into total control of the government.

    Now that nightmare is started to coalesce in the minds of the public. This would have never happened if Supreme Court outright dismissed it. The MSM would only demonize the Court and the bumper sticker mentality of the people who voted in the Democrats would convince them maybe its time to put them back into the majority to try and write it again. Free healthcare for all!

    Now, even as bureaucrats do what they do best- justify their own existences- the reality of just how unworkable legally, functionally, and more importantly- Constitutionally, is starting to reign like hammers down on to the people, the voters and Congress.

    Which is EXACTLY what Roberts was trying to accomplish by threading the needle.

    The chance he takes, we take, is that no matter how bad it looks, the people in this nation have been so dumbed down, so blinded by greed, so willing to be lied to that seeing the horrible truth of Obamatax don’t change them. There will be no “epiphany” so to speak.

    But then again, is it Roberts’ or Alito’s or Thomas’ job to re-teach us our ability to be good and wary citizens? To understand the limits of government? To realize NOTHING is free?


    Over at Hotair, they have an argument that Roberts wrote both opinions and changed from his conservative position to the more liberal one under pressure from the President and Congress.

    I’m not so sure. Could it be he made a conscious decision to let the Left hang itself on a well outlined, criticized as garage by our Supreme Court, just to see the beating they and Obama will take all this summer going into an election year?

    Yes, people hate him, but for what? Lighting the fuse? Reminding us, painfully, that the voting populace of this nation screwed itself and took the rest of us with them?

    What if he did write the dissent, which all of the conservatives have hung their hat on as a reason why Obamatax should have failed. That means Roberts wrote both sides! He didn’t change his mind, he judo flipped the Left (I’ll bet for bad mouthing the Court).

    What he said in essence was “This is a piece of garbage that only a bunch of illiterate morons, who should never be near any seat of power, could write. Here, you can have it back so everybody can see exactly who the morons are by November 2012.

    Until I see some proof that he was compromised by extortion or some other means, I’m going to believe he is trying to pull off something huge.

    Now if only Romney would fire that idiot of an advisor. This is what Roberts fears- dumbies in position of influence and power.

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