Sebelius on Obamacare Regulations: 'I Don't Know How Many Pages'

By Susan Jones | December 12, 2013 | 7:43am EST

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the implementation failures of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

( - The Democrats' health insurance law gives the Health and Human Services Department "immense powers and decision-making authority," Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) told Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday.

"And we know that many regulations have been written. Could you tell me how many pages of regulations have been written to implement this act?" Whitfield asked Sebelius.

"Sir, I can get you that number. I do not know," Sebelius replied.

"Do you have any idea?" Whitfield asked her.

"I don't know how many pages --"

"Do you have a range?" Whitfield interrupted.

"I would like to get you accurate--"

"I mean, is it 100 pages or would it--"

"Sir, I will get you information," Sebelius said.

"So you don't know?" Whitfield persisted.

"I just told you I don't know," Sebelius replied. reported that as of mid-October, the 109 final Obamacare rules published by the administration accounted for a combined 10,535 pages in the Federal Register. At an average of 1,100 words per page, those 10,535 pages of Obamacare regulations consist of approximately 11,588,500 words.

By contrast, as officially published by the Government Printing Office, the Democrats' health care legislation totals 961 pages, averaging 397 words per page, for a total of 381,517 words.

So, for each word actually in the Obamacare law that Democrats enacted, the Obama administration has written 30 more words in regulations indicating how it will be enforced.

Also see:

11,588,500 Words: Obamacare Regs 30x as Long as Law

Obamacare Regulations Are 8 Times Longer Than Bible

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