(CNSNews.com) – When asked by CNSNews.com whether he had read all 10,535 pages of final Obamacare regulations published in the Federal Register, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) refused to answer.
CNSNews.com asked Schumer whether he had as he walked from the Senate's underground subway toward the Senate chamber in the U.S. Capitol.
CNSNews.com: "Sen. Schumer, hi."
Schumer: "Yes, hi."
CNSNews.com: "Penny Starr with CNSNews.com."
Schumer: "Yes, not now please, ma'am."
CNSNews.com: "I wanted to ask you--"
Schumer: "I asked not now, please..."
CNSNews.com: "--about Obamacare's 10,535 pages of regulations. Have you read those senator? It's a yes-or-no question."
Schumer did not respond.
Since March 2010, when President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its companion Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA), various federal agencies have published in the Federal Register 110 final regulations governing how Obamacare will be implemented.
These regulations add up to 10,535 pages in the Federal Register—or more than eight times as many pages as there are in the Gutenberg Bible, which has 642 two-sided leaves or 1,286 pages.