CPSIA Update: Penalty Flags and Health Care

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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  • Michael Shaw says:


    Good insights–but the only way CPSIA goes down is for some company to simply defy it, and then bring a court case. Jury nullification will kill this law, just as it did Prohibition–even if we are taught in school that it was changed by an amendment.

    It WAS, of course, but that was only after the idiots in Congress were catching too much blowback.

    One good candiate to kill the law is http://enablingdevices.com/catalog

    Steve Kanor makes essential devices for the disabled. His products meet the standards, but he cannot afford the testing, since they are made in small batches.

    Is any jury in this country going to deny these devices to the needy users?

    Easy enough for Hewitt to TALK about the issue, but action is what is needed, and we sure are not getting it from the members. As to Waxman, the Republicans have had many chances to defeat him at the polls, but never have bothered.

    Don’t look for a political solution to CPSIA, given Dem intransigence and Repub cowardice. After all, genius GWB signed this mess.

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