The Obama administration has issued regulations, going into effect today, requiring 300,000 public swimming pools to install permanent fixed lifts to lower wheelchair-bound swimmers into the water.
Cost? $8000-$20,000 per lift. Likely result? Public swimming pools will close throughout the country.
The administration’s promise not to enforce the rule — for now! — means little, because the ADA can be privately enforced.
The story reminded me of another story about regulatory madness that I have been meaning to share with you. But I have to clear the details with the reader who wrote me about it. He is at the mercy of the regulators in his county and fearful that he will be identified, so I have to tell the story in a way that protects him. Or her.