I kid you not. The U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has announced that "It’s time to cut the red tape. Our new proposals eliminate unnecessary and obsolete standards and free up resources so hospitals and doctors can focus on treating patients.”
And they've done this by issuing six new regulatory documents, ranging in length from just five pages up to 696 pages. The total number of pages in all six documents? 955!
If this is what reducing red tape looks like, I'd hate to see what they do when they decide they need more regulatory wrapping.