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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Health Care Reform Act

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has made the house version of "health care reform" available for reading and download (pdf format). I hope you have a lot of time, as it is 1,990 pages long, since your legislators want to vote on it next week, I'm pretty sure most of them won't have time to read it.

If you think 1,990 pages of legislation is incomprehensible, and and it's contents unknow even to those who claim to be the authors, you are probably right. Just perusing through it the bill is a mish-mash of amendments and revisions to existing codes. My guess is that if it were to be gone through completely it probably contains dozens, if not hundreds, of entaglement problems, where one section orders one thing, another section the opposite, or something substantially different.

Considering Dingell, Rangel, George Miller and Henry Waxman are the principle authors, you can rest assured that they have included plenty of pay-offs to their favored groups. I doubt any of them have passed legislation that didn't.

Have a good read.

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Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I don't know what kind of health care reform will come out of this session, but I strongly suspect it won't be much. There is, however a silver lining behind this very dark cloud. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Don't be embarrassed if you've never heard of it, there really isn't a hell of a lot to remember about it; a mere pittance, really - a scrap of leftovers tossed out to "American Negros" (in the parlance of the age) in order to appease them. But it made the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - the one we remember - all-the-more easier seven years later.

We'll live to fight another day.


Tom Degan

7:34 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Actually Tom, some us have a glimmer of hope that nothing comes out of congress; at least nothing that's appealing to Pelosi & Co.

Tort reform and reduction of state mandates would reduce our costs considerably.

Paul Ryan has offered 40 different amendments to reduces costs of both this program, and in general, all shot down.

So much for the post partisan politics of "The One"©.

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