Chairman Henry Waxman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has not permitted any committee hearings into the awful, billion-dollar damage the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) has inflicted on home-based businesses, thrift stores, libraries, manufacturers, the ATV industry and consumers.
After all, there are much more pressing issues, such as those that prompt today’s hearing by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection: “The Bowl Championship Series: Money and Other Issues of Fairness for Publicly Financed Universities.” This is the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the CPSIA.
Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt cites this kind of Congressional intransigence when making a broader, sound argument: If Congress cannot pass a consumer product safety law without destroying jobs and safe products, imagine what it might do to something big like health care reform.
Not only was CPSIA badly written with unintentional and devastating impacts of small to large businesses that produce no improvements in the safety of children’s products, the Congress’s stubborn refusal to make the obvious fixes telegraphs the aftermath of radical health care restructuring: The Congress won’t care when you can’t get the treatment you need and used to be able to get. CPSIA is the perfect example of what happens when Congress acts quickly, and Congress is preparing to act quickly on radical health care restructuring.
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