Monday, October 19, 2009

Senate Health Care Bill (S.1796) Is 1,502-Page Long

as posted by Senate Finance Committee.

Finance Committee bill has been filed (10/19/09 Politico)

Who is going to read this monstrosity? Just like there were people who read the House bill (H.R. 3200) and post the summary on the Internet, I'm sure someone's already on it.

This bill is being merged with the Health Committee's bill, apparently in behind the scene negotiation, as Politico's UPDATE 3 indicates [emphasis is mine]:

"UPDATE 3: It's important to remember that the bill won't exist in this form for long. Senate Majority Leader Reid and Sens. Max Baucus and Chris Dodd along with senior White House aides are merging the Finance and Health Committee legislation into one bill that will be considered on the floor of the Senate. The behind-closed-doors dealings have drawn criticism from Republicans, particularly because President Obama had promised a transparent process and pledged to negotiate the health care bill on C-SPAN."


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