White House Failed to Review Many Obamacare Regulations

Friday, 06 Dec 2013 06:53 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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In the rush to get Obamacare to the American people by Oct. 1, the White House failed to give due diligence to its myriad regulations, resulting in hundreds of mistakes, The Hill reports.

Twenty-seven of the Affordable Care Act’s more than 100 regulations were fast-tracked and never received any review, a new study by the conservative American Action Forum finds.

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs — the White House office that reviews proposed and final rules — spent just 29 days reviewing the average Obamacare final rule, 81 days less than the typical review time, according to the data. Some more significant Affordable Care Act rules — those with an annual cost of $100 million or more — received even less scrutiny, just 20 days.

A third of all the Obamacare regulations contained errors, according to the report, forcing the administration to issue hundreds of corrections.

“The White House virtually gave no oversight to many of those error-filled regulations,” the report reads.

The administration neglected to review many significant proposals and final rules, including measures to amend Medicare Advantage and amendments to the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program.

“The administration gave less scrutiny to ACA regulations than any other cabinet agency,” according to Sam Batkins, American Action Forum’s regulatory policy director.

The average significant EPA rule is reviewed for 100 days and the average Department of Education rule is under review for 34 days.

“After leaving the White House three to five times faster than average regulations, it’s no wonder the administration has issued more than 250 corrections and mea culpa after mea culpa for the Affordable Care Act,” Batkins concludes.

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