Obamacare 'Rule,' 347 Pages, 118,072 Words
12:22 PM, Nov 17, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Providing a strong indication of how personal, accessible, understandable, user-friendly, customer-service-oriented, and not at all posthuman your health care would be under Obamacare, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released a 347-page, 118,072-word "rule" to implement parts of Obamacare affecting Medicare Advantage and the Medicare prescription drug benefit program. In comparison, the entire United States Constitution, including all 27 amendments, contains 7,640 words. So the "rule" is more than 15 times as long as the Constitution.
This "rule" (that's what they call it) was signed by HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius and by Medicare administrator Donald Berwick, who -- as the Medical News reports -- "will testify before a congressional committee [today] for the first time since President Barack Obama avoided the Senate confirmation process" in appointing him to the post.
Mind you, this 118,072-word "rule" doesn't explain how anything that Obamacare would create anew would be implemented. It merely explains how HHS intends to implement some parts of Obamacare that relate to two of the four preexisting parts of Medicare (the two smallest parts, by far). To get a real flavor for what life and health would be like under Obamacare, check out the language contained in the "rule" itself. (I dare you.)