Senate health care bill (S. 1796) weighs in at 1,502 pages
Late night reading for anyone? I’m heading to bed, but thanks to the Internet and places like OpenCongress.org, bloggers, media-types and talking heads – well maybe not the talking heads – will be pouring through the 1,502 pages of health care destruction that’s emminated from the Senate Finance Committee over the next few days.
It’s too damn late for me to get into this, but I’m now waiting for the monster to download so I can make it available to readers. Waiting … waiting ….
Uh, yeah … still waiting ….
Going to check my wireless connection …. the router …. the Internet …
Ahh, here it is. (Please browse the embedded version at the bottom of this post unless you want to be like the Sound Off Sister, and download the entire PDF to read it page-by-page.)
More from Politico.
The massive, 1,500 page bill is expected to serve as the backbone for Democratic reform efforts going forward and five senators expressed concerns about one of its main provisions, a 40 percent tax on high-end insurance plans.
The tax is designed to pay for reform and lower costs by making the so-called Cadillac plans less attractive for insurers to offer. Under the bill, a plan that costs an individual more than $8,000 and a family more than $21,000 annually would be subject to the tax.
But Democratic Sens. John Kerry, Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez, Debbie Stabenow and Jay Rockefeller are concerned that the threshold that defines a Cadillac plan is too low and will whack middle-class people.
Allah over at Hot Air writes earlier tonight … while I was contemplating the loss of the soft-top Jeep in California …
It’s a necessary evil of trying to govern a country of 300 million people with a fantastically complex economy. Frankly, I’m surprised it didn’t end up being 5,000 pages.
What the heck, along with providing you the PDF link hosted here at Radio Vice Online – watch our bandwidth screech up like a Titan 2 missile – here’s an embedded DocStoc version. Try to scan the version below before you download the version above from our server will ya? As soon as it’s fully available on OpenCongress.org, I’ll direct you over there.
Baucus Health Care Bill ‘America’s Healthy Future Act 2009’ – Senate Finance Committee –
Question of the day: how long will it take this boondoggle to catch up to the federal tax code in girth, not to mention special exemptions, earmarks and pure payback to supporters?
Isn't is amazing how bulky a document can be created by those with no experience in health care insurance?
To paraphrase Mother Teresa: We, the unwilling, led by the inept, paying more for less because it is "free".