Jennifer G. Hickey
December 5, 2013
The White House fast-tracked many proposed Obamacare regulations, with rules clearing a key bureaucratic hurdle three-to-five times faster than normal, and failed to review several significant measures, according to a new report by the American Action Forum.
“Just as the speed of the procurement process for Healthcare.gov has produced unintended consequences and repeated failures, the speed of the regulatory review has created problems that have necessitated changes and delays of provisions of the law,” said Sam Batkins, the report’s author.
The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the White House office that reviews proposed and final rules, averaged 110 days to review a typical administration rule, while the average review time for Affordable Care Act (ACA) final rules was just 29 days, the report said.