Conyers: Obamacare Is a 'Very Small and Modest Bill'

Eric Scheiner | October 21, 2013 | 2:01pm EDT
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Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) Starr)

( John Conyers (D-Mich.) calls Obamacare a “very small and modest bill,” even though he previously said he failed to see the point in reading it "if it's a thousand pages" and required lawyers to decipher it.

During an Oct. 17 appearance on “Democracy Now!” Conyers criticized lawmakers who had partially shut down the government in the fight against Obamacare, expressing concern about what might happen when a single-payer system is proposed.

“It's just unimaginable the actions they would turn to, to get their way on a very small and modest bill – Obamacare. We’re talking about universal health care for everybody – single payer, that’s what the new direction is,” Conyers said.

But “small and modest” were not the adjectives used by Conyers to describe Obamacare on July 24, 2009. That day, Conyers told the audience at the National Press Club there was little good in even reading a bill “if it’s a thousand pages.”

“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” Conyers said. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”

As has reported, bureaucracies in the Obama Administration have thus far published approximately 11,588,500 words of final Obamacare regulations.

There are 381,517 words in the Affordable Care Act itself.

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