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O-Care Regs Cost $558M, 16M Hrs Of Paperwork

From Fox News:

Report: ObamaCare exchanges costing $558M

September 25, 2013

A new report on the economic and regulatory burden of ObamaCare shows the health care law’s so-called insurance “exchanges” has resulted in the federal government spending an additional $558 million and 16.6 million more hours on paperwork.

To Democrats, all of that is a plus.

“These results should not be surprising,” American Action Forum, a conservative advocacy group, said in its report released on Wednesday. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a “massive piece of legislation … . It is clear that this ‘fundamental reform’ has produced more red tape, additional complexity and higher costs.”

The additional costs and paperwork are within the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency handling the bulk of the law’s implementation. And the amounts are from 2010 through 2016, according to the report.

So this is just the costs at HHS It doesn’t count the cost at the IRS, who are supposed to enforce Obama-Care, or the myriad other agencies that will be involved in Obama-Care one way or another.

The report also finds ObamaCare — set Tuesday to let millions of Americans start buying government-subsidized insurance through the exchanges — has generated 40 new forms and result in $3 billion in regulatory costs to states and private entities.

Again, this is all music to Democrat ears. A big benefit of Obama-Care is that it will grow the government and make more work for Democrat loyalists.

Officials have argued that Americans will be required to fill out only a fraction of the new forms.

And we believe them, too.

And President Obama, even as recently as Tuesday, continued to say all Americans will be better off when the 20 percent of the U.S. population without insurance starts getting coverage…

And never mind that we have long since been told that only half the people without insurance will get insurance. And even that figure is probably too rosy.

Among the changes that is resulting in additional HHS costs and work hours is the task of assisting Americans in navigating the exchanges, which offer five levels of coverage.

The group estimates that alone will require 667,740 additional hours of work and cost an extra $39.1 million.

But it will provide additional income for ACORN workers and the SEIU and Planned Parenthood employees, who will be the navigators. So that’s more good news

The group also found ObamaCare has resulted in 126.8 million hours of additional paperwork for all Cabinet agencies involved in the 2010 law’s creation and implementation, according to the report, which the group says is based on Obama administration data.

Isn’t it amazing they were able to do all that despite the sequester?

“Despite the many delays, administrative lapses and staggering costs, few have examined the regulatory burdens of the new health care exchanges,” the group said.

Having universal free healthcare is worth a little bother, isn’t it?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 26th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “O-Care Regs Cost $558M, 16M Hrs Of Paperwork”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    I hope a huge chunk of the ISON comet breaks off, when Earth passes through it’s debris tail in January, and hits dead center of DC. That would solve many of our problems.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    The #1 culprit in increased medical costs has been .. over-regulation leading to catastrophic levels of paperwork without yielding any increase in Patient Care.

    So, to remedy this stupendous boondoggle, Congress’ answer is to vastly increase the paperwork and pile on even more Regulations.

    Pay close attention – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sVwiJhvQSQ

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