ObamaCare’s rocky rollout is rooted in dozens of regulations that were hastily moved through the White House’s review process, according to a conservative group that tracks the federal rule-making system.
A study issued Thursday by the American Action Forum finds that 27 of more than 100 regulations drafted under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were fast-tracked with no review by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).
The obscure but influential office is meant to serve as the gatekeeper for important rules. But seven of ObamaCare’s “major rules,” those with an annual price tag eclipsing $100 million, were not reviewed by OIRA, according to the study.
Those include regulations that would cap profit margins for certain insurance plans and govern prescription drug benefit programs.
“Current ACA implementation was constructed by regulations often hurried through OIRA with little review,” Sam Batkins, the group's regulatory policy director, concludes in the report.
On average, OIRA review of final regulations drafted under the healthcare law took about 29 days, a fraction of the 110 days it took the office on average to complete reviews of typical rules over the last two years, according to the report.
American Action previously released a report identifying 254 errors in Affordable Care Act regulations. The mistakes have led to numerous corrections.
“It’s easy to see how the errors accumulated,” Batkins writes in the new study.