Before the Department of Health and Human Services left town for the holiday weekend, they dropped 1,296 pages of new regulations on Medicare and Medicaid payments to doctors and hospitals, which will impact the millions who rely on those programs and the doctors who serve them. From the Washington Examiner: As Americans scrambled ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend on Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services released 1,296 pages of new regulations dealing with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama’s administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are focused on their holiday plans. The release came at 4:15 p.m. An administration that was truly transparent would make these kinds of changes when journalists and the American people weren’t distracted, so that they could examine them. Makes you wonder if the Obama administration is trying to hide something.