Bachmann on 10,535 Obamacare Reg Pages: 'It's Horrifying!' Like a 'Stephen King Novel'

October 4, 2013 - 1:35 PM

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – When asked Friday on Capitol Hill about the 10,535 pages of final regulations that have been published in the Federal Register for implementing Obamacare, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) likened them to science fiction.

“Well, I think it’s probably analogous to a Stephen King novel, you know, it’s horrifying once they read what these regulations are,” she said.

CNSNews.com told Bachmann that it has been asking representatives and senators who voted for the health care law if they had read all 10,535 regulations.

CNSNews.com: “I’ve been asking Obama supporters – Obamacare supporters – which of course are Democrats – about the 10,535 pages of final regulations published in the Federal Register, and I’ve been asking ‘Have you read all those regulations?’ And, of course, they either don’t want to answer me or … “

Bachmann: “They keep churning them out every 10 seconds -- they can’t keep up with them.”

CNSNews.com: “That’s right. So would you answer that yes or no question and tell me why?

Bachmann: “Why don’t they won’t read the regulations?”

CNSNews.com: “Right, right.”

Bachmann: “Well, I think it’s probably analogous to a Stephen King novel, you know, it’s horrifying once they read what these regulations are.”

Since March 2010, when President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its companion Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA), various federal agencies have published in the Federal Register 110 final regulations governing how Obamacare will be implemented.

These regulations add up to 10,535 pages in the Federal Register—or more than eight times as many pages as there are in the Gutenberg Bible, which has 642 two-sided leaves or 1,286 pages.