From innocuous typos to substantive misstatements of policy, the Obama administration has had to correct more than 100 errors in the regulations used to implement its signature health care law.
One regulation said certain delays were “reasonable,” when it meant “unreasonable.” Another implied that health care “navigators” would have to be licensed insurance agents, when in fact agents are prohibited from becoming navigators. Employers were switched with employees, and mandates were presented as options.
Mistakes are inevitable in the regulatory process, and the vast majority of errors in Obamacare regulations are garden-variety technicalities—references to the wrong section of a law, typos, or minor clarifications.
But overall, the health care law is racking up more regulatory corrections than other large, complex measures. According to an analysis from the American Action Forum, a conservative think tank, regulators have issued 33 sets of corrections for the 104 published Obamacare regulations. All told, agencies have had to fix 254 errors, according to AAF.
The AAF counted 136 pages of regulations that simply correct errors in other regulations.