December 31, 2013 | Issue Brief on Regulation
The year 2013 will be remembered for many things, not least the miles of red tape that were imposed on Americans. It has been a very busy year for regulators, who imposed new dictates on everything from the food people eat to the loans they obtain and the health insurance they buy (or lose).
Which are the worst new rules? There are so many choices, and there is no objective measurement, but here is our take on the bottom 10:
As active as regulators were in 2013, there is no reason to believe they will slow down in 2014. Already in the pipeline are dozens of new rules covering health care, finance, global warming, and more. It is anybody’s guess which will be on the 2014 list. The only safe bet is that consumers will lose even more choices and all Americans will emerge with even less freedom.—James L. Gattuso is Senior Research Fellow for Regulatory Policy and Diane Katz is a Research Fellow for Regulatory Policy in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.
 Daren Bakst, “Obama’s Christmas Tree Tax Is Back,” The Heritage Foundation, The Foundry, June 4, 2013, http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/04/obamas-christmas-tree-tax-is-back/.
 See James L. Gattuso, “Can the Postal Service Have a Future?” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 2848, October 10, 2013, http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/10/can-the-postal-service-have-a-future.
 Diane Katz, “Pulling the Plug on Obama’s Energy Scheme,” The Heritage Foundation, The Foundry, June 15, 2012, http://blog.heritage.org/2012/06/15/pulling-the-plug-on-obamas-energy-scheme/.
 Kevin D. Dayaratna and David W. Kreutzer, “Loaded DICE: An EPA Model Not Ready for the Big Game,” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 2860, November 21, 2013, http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/11/loaded-dice-an-epa-model-not-ready-for-the-big-game.
 David Kreutzer and Katie Tubb, “Carbon (And Practically Everything Else) Just Got More Expensive,” The Heritage Foundation, The Foundry, June 13, 2013, http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/13/carbon-just-got-more-expensive/.
 Daren Bakst, “FDA’s Proposed Trans Fat Ban Is a Power Grab to Control Lives,” Heritage Foundation Commentary, November 18, 2013, http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2013/11/fdas-proposed-trans-fat-ban-is-a-power-grab-to-control-lives.
 Diane Katz, “Dodd–Frank Mortgage Rules Unleash Predatory Regulators,” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 2877, December 16, 2013, http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/12/doddfrank-mortgage-rules-unleash-predatory-regulators.
 “The Volcker Ambiguity,” The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2013, http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304744304579250393935144268.
 Edmund F. Haislmaier and Alyene Senger, “Obamacare’s Essential Benefits Regulation Creates Disparities Among States,” Heritage Foundation Issue Brief No. 3907, April 10, 2013, http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/04/obamacare-s-essential-benefits-regulation-creates-disparities-among-states.