September 11th, 2009
12:16 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Does the reform bill create 53 new bureaucracies?

The Statement:

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Louisana, said in his response to President Barack Obama's address that he "read the bill Democrats passed through committee in July" and it "creates 53 new government bureaucracies."

The Facts:

Rep. Boustany is referring to a list also cited by his Republican colleagues. That list comprises "all the new boards, bureaucracies, commissions and programs created" in the health reform bill H.R. 3200. A look at his claim does show that many of the entities would be new.

But it would be misleading to characterize some of them as governmental bodies, which is what many people think of when they define the word bureaucracy. Some of them are modifications to existing programs in the Social Security Act. One of those programs is entitled

"Standardizing Electronic Administrative Transactions," designed to reduce paperwork. A single proposal to widen existing responsibilities of "Nursing Facilities" and "Skilled Nursing Facilities" was counted as two programs.

Boustany's statement could give the impression that all the entities would be long-term. But one, the Reinsurance Program for Retirees, would be a temporary entity under the bill. Another, the Optional Operation of State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges, would only be created if states pursued the program.

In a couple of cases, a commission is formed and then the ombudsman assigned to it is counted separately. Four of the new "bureaucracies" are pilot programs.

The Verdict:

Misleading. While there are many new entities, the Republican count exaggerates the number of new bureaucracies.

Filed under: Health care fact check
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Laura in KS

    The atrocious grammar and spelling used in most of these comments makes it very difficult to actually take them seriously. If you are such a dunce as to not be able to spell simple words that most 3rd graders could get right, and you are not able to form a coherent sentence, then you probably don't actually know what you are talking about. Perhaps instead of ranting and raving about things above your comprehension, you should try reading a book or taking some online classes or anything to increase your intelligence. Then maybe we can have a civil and factually accurate debate.

    September 11, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Republicans being misleading? Of course they are misleading, that's all they do well. Actually that's all they do period. The Bush/Cheney legacy proves that as far as the repub base is concerned a republican politician can do no wrong, and to question a Repub politician is unpatriotic. But yelling slander and lies during a joint session of Congress at OUR President who happens to be black, they think that's okay! The gop is disgusting!

    September 11, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    Twist and spin. It doesn't matter, meaningful health care reform is not coming. What we can look forward to is sending our REQUIRED payments to big, fat, rich insurance execs for hypothetical treatment we will not receive. Oh, and more taxes.

    September 11, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Notice that CNN admits there are a whole bunch of new bureacracies, but won't say how many. Also, when was the last time a government bureaucracy was temporary, but you dope smoking, non working, Oprah watchers, keep on believing Hussein.

    September 11, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Bueller

    Fair is Fair wrote
    So tell me how creating even ONE bureaucracy leads to lower costs or better care? Bueller??? Bueller????


    When you replace a corporate bureaucracy whose job is to maximize profit through maximum fees with minimum benefit with a bureaucracy whose job is to maximize the health of the citizens with minimal fees, then you get lower costs and better care.

    September 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. g

    The top 3% the ones that control americas wealth and the republican party would not want any thing to happen to one of there golden eggs the health insurance companys of america so some americans can,t afford it and and end up in the hospital give them a bandaid and bill the tax payer stay out off our profit

    September 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Jason

    If the article is going to claim the number is wrong perhaps it can come up with a number then. It appears to belittle the 53 bureaucracies claim but doesn't actually rebut it with another number. This is called research and journalism?

    September 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Really impressed that the CNN Truth Squad check what Boustani said, but did not do the same for dear leader, who lied like a rug. Fact even the Truth Squad can't tell how many liberal bureaucracies this piece of trash legislation will create and fails to point out the last time that a temporary bureaucracy went out of business. How about the forced unionization of health care workers? Why is CNN not reporting on that? How about the Charlie Rangel tax scandal, once again CNN not report. All they do is attack Sarah Palin for everything she does and she is a private citizen now. The thugocracy of the Obama administrtion is overwhelming those of us who actually work and pay taxes for these liberal wet dreams.

    September 11, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Jac

    OMG there are only 50 new bureaucracies created not 53! Give me a break.

    I love the term, "truth squad." It's reminds me of the propaganda "ministries of truth", which is just about all CNN is these days. Their ratings reflect it.

    September 11, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. BobH

    It's funny that Republicans decry the creation of new bureaucracies, since the number of bureaucracies created during the Bush years, through various "state's rights" initiatives, dwarfs anything the Obama camp could manage. Many federal programs, with small, highly qualified staffs, were replaced by 51 state bureaucracies. And of course we are the only nation in the world with 100 or so bureaucracies laboring to create their own education standards, requiring the creation of redundant text books and other materials, instead of having a single set of national standards.

    September 11, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. maximus

    I don't know for others, but I am sick and tired to hear about politics everywhere at all times. I buy a newspaper, politics; i turn on my radio, politics; I turn on my TV, politics; I turn on my computer, still po-freaking-litics. Politics is not the essential topic of life. Politicians are the fake stars of the world.They are selfish, liars, and hypocrite. They print the money and keep them for themselves. They make laws and violate them; they make promises and break them; they say one thing and mean another; they brainwash people to exploit them. Give the people a chance to seek and find their daily bread to fight hunger.

    September 11, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Vic of New York

    What else is new? You are talking about the Party of Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

    Is anyone so simple as to expect truth from anything Republicans spout?

    September 11, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Bj

    Rather than saying misleading, why not say how many new entities will be created. Your statement is more misleading due to the fact that you provide no numbers.

    September 11, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Craig in VA

    "Misleading" is a nicer way of saying "You Lie!!!"

    Rep. Wilson should have yelled "You Mislead!!!!" the other night. ha ha ha ha

    September 11, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. 53 new government bureaucracies?

    they need more school funding in Lousianna, and definately pay more attention to math education

    September 11, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Mario, mtl, ca.

    Also both Sanford and Wilson should be punished in the position they know well in SC on their knees

    September 11, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. John

    REALLY BILL? Why didn't you just pull the race card and save yourself from typing a numbered list. Liberal Democrats will stoop as low as they need to because the ends always justify the means. Give me a break.

    September 11, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Joanna in PA

    isn't THAT THE gops WAY. lie LIE LIE, HATE HATE HATE. Listening to there counter statement after Obama was so funny. Next time they should listen to what the pres says before they come back with there statement.

    September 11, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. m jeff

    When a Republican says something it's probably false because they work for the insurance industry.

    September 11, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. John

    Misleading. While there are many new entities, the Republican count exaggerates the number of new bureaucracies. – The whole republican position on health care has been exaggerations, lies and deceptions.

    The republican party doesn't care about the average American Citizen, they are the party of the rich.

    The rich which includes many insurance executives want to keep things the way they are right now, no regulations on how they gouge us on premiums and tax breaks for their ill gotten gains.

    September 11, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    As far as "fact-checking" - Mr. Wilson continues to stress that new healthcare proposals will pay for medical care for illegal immigrants. He is overlooking the fact that the government pays for this medical care RIGHT NOW. There are funds available to compensate hospitals for care for undocumented individuals, whom they cannot turn away in an emergency, and for lesser illnesses there are county health clinics - paid for by the government. What is the change he's afraid of? There are always safety nets. Does he believe that medical professionals should just refuse to see someone without insurance? Or that the hospital, doctor, or clinic is supposed to provide all care for free, so long as no government or private insurer is inconvenienced?

    September 11, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Lando

    The truth of the matter is ...if the Health Care for all Americans passed,
    it is also the death bed of the Republican Party. That is why these
    Repuglicans does not care at all if it is for the good of the majority.
    They will pursue by hook or by crook to derail President Obama's
    good intent. Their purpose is basically plain and simple...politically
    to recapture more seats in the Houses of Rep. and Senate next election....Thanks God...we are not stupid...

    September 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. PK

    So if you don't count the ones CNN doesn't feel like counting then it's "misleading"... or as some people would call it "accurate."

    September 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I am working in rural health clinic, mainly goverment fund and medicare medicaide patients, more rules and regulations that takes a law degree to practice medicine, I can see 40 patients in private sector, but not able to see 20 patiets in RHC clinic due to the papers and EMR. Dr boustandy working in medical feild, he know what he is talking about. I t hasa nothing to do with parties, the fact is when govement involves, more red tapes around you

    September 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. terry

    If you are going to report on the "facts" then report all of the facts accurately. Check California's Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program and you'll see that most of the recipients are illegal immigrants, so the government is already providing free health care to them. This wont change with the "new" plan.

    September 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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