2,700 Pages? Of What?
The healthcare bill was 2700 pages and change, and it isn’t the only law to pass congress that is not only too long to be read by anyone (let alone the members that need to vote on it). Some of the others that are stupidly long are:
- No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 – 915+ pages
- Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 – 834+ pages
- Energy Policy Act, 2005 – 754+ pages
And the runner up to Obamacare:
- Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, 2005 – 1,049+ pages
Now all of those look smaller by a good chunk, and that’s because I could only find word counts and not the number of printed pages. I used a liberal 300 words per page, but in reality, with formatting and other things added in, each of these bills might grow another 50% or more in size. Irregardless, they are all too long to read, and none of them were well understood by people at the time they were passed and none of them are well understood today.
If Congress were really to take into account the fact that if the people can’t understand a law or if it is too long for people to even read, than it shouldn’t be law the country would be a far better place.
The Constitution is a whopping 6 pages, roughly 1/450th of the healthcare bill, and is easy enough to understand, even a college student should be able to do it. Congress does us no favors by passing laws that no one, not even Congress itself, knows the contents of, its tyranny plain and simple. Tyrants often prop their regimes up by keeping the population ignorant of the law, I see no difference between that and laws that are structured to be enigmas.