Friday, October 31st, 2014

Yes, more bureaucracy; but how to measure it?

Republicans say the health care bill will lead to new bureaucracies.
Republicans say the health care bill will lead to new bureaucracies.

In the Republican response to President Barack Obama's address on health care before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9, 2009, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., a heart surgeon by profession, repeated a popular Republican talking point, saying the health care reform bill introduced in the House would  "create 53 new government bureaucracies."

This claim originates with a detailed list complied by the House Republican Conference, which you can view here .

Fifty-three new bureaucracies sounds like a lot, and the list is so specific, we decided to dig into it to see if it's legitimate. We ended up giving Boustany a Barely True .