You May As Well Try And Read It, Your Congresscritters Probably Won’t Bother

UPDATE:

Ruh roh, chicanery time, they really are desperate to jam this through without anyone getting to read it.

The Democrats’ 2,309-page reconciliation bill was released for public viewing Sunday and will begin the mark-up process in the Budget Committee Monday at 3pm. Contrary to the Democratic pledge to post the reconciliation measure 72 hours before consideration, the bill posted is a dummy — or a “shell” as Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) put it — an early version of the House bill that cleared key committees in 2009, thus making it eligible for the reconciliation process under budget rules. Once that bill clears the the committee it will be gutted and replaced with the closed-door “fixes” agreed upon by Congressional Democrats, and appended with an unrelated student loan bill.

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House Democrats release bill for Budget markup Monday

House Democrats on Sunday night set into motion what they hope will be the final steps on healthcare reform.

The House Budget Committee on Sunday evening released text that will serve as the base legislation for the changes the House will seek to the Senate bill this week.

Specifically, the Budget committee released a 2,309-page effort that had been previously recommended to the Education and Labor Committee and Ways and Means Committee last year.

The measure posted online does not include the substantive changes to the Senate healthcare bill that House Democrats will seek. Those changes will be offered during the markups in the Budget and Rules committees, which the budget panel hopes to begin on Monday afternoon.

The House is expected to approve the Senate’s healthcare bill along with the package of changes. The Senate would then be expected to approve the package of changes under budget reconciliation rules.

Because the bill will be considered under budget reconciliation rules in the Senate, GOP senators will not be able to filibuster the package and Democrats will not need 60 votes to move the legislation through the Seante.

A BILL
To provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 202 of
the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010.

Oh, sure, it’s 2300+ pages, but to make any real sense of it, you’re also going to need to refer to the United States Code a lot.

Oh yeah, you’re going to need to reference the 2400+ page Senate bill too.

Have fun! Pack a lunch.

See also:
Next Steps: How The Health Bill Could Move Forward
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Health Care This Week
Democrats look for consensus on final health overhaul package
A Big Week for Health Care Reform: What Could Happen Next?
Nancy Pelosi’s strategy for passing health-care reform
The House Health-Care Vote and the Constitution
John Campbell: ‘It ain’t over ’til it’s over’ on health care

Remember, it’s still not too late to make your voice heard.

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Be The First On Your Block To Gaze Into The Crystal Ball Of Health Care’s Future

House Committee Approves Health-Care Package

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday night approved a sweeping package of health-care measures, clearing a critical hurdle that sets the stage for a five-week battle for both Democrats and Republicans to define the legislation in voters’ minds before the full House votes next month.

The final pieces of an intense two-week negotiation came together Friday morning, when rank-and-file liberals on the committee struck a deal with conservative Democrats that could lead to larger subsidies for lower-income workers to pay for health insurance. The committee then approved its portion of the House’s health-care bill on a 31 to 28 vote, with five Democrats joining all 23 Republicans opposing the measure.

The committee’s vote on the bill was the last thing keeping the House from adjourning for its August recess.

While lawmakers return home to their districts, Democratic leaders in the House plan to spend the next month weaving together what three committees — Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor — have passed on health care, preparing the 1,000-page bill for a post-Labor Day vote.

See also:
House panel OKs sweeping health care bill
House Committee Approves Healthcare Bill
Key House committee passes health care bill
Final House Panel Approves Health Reform Bill
Obama hails action on healthcare bill
For Pelosi, Recess Means Selling Health Plan

So, what’s all this fuss about which your very life may hang in the balance? Well, here’s the latest published version, weighing in at 1017 pages. Hey, look at the bright side, just like Congress you have the entire month of August to read it. If you pace yourself at 50 pages per day, you’ll have plenty of time to scare yourself silly before Congress gets back and makes your nightmare a reality.

H.R.3200 America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009

Oh wait, you wanted to see the final version of the bill, the one they’ll actually vote on, the one that’s already been marked up by three separate House committees? Well, um, the haven’t quite gotten around to publishing that version for us to read, let alone finished putting it together. Hell, the American public, not to mention the entire U.S. House of Representatives, will be lucky if they get five hours to read the final version of the bill before a final passage vote out of the House is taken. So, I suggest you get busy with this version, it’s the only version you’ll probably get to read, no pressure, it’s not like your life may depend on it.

Just remember, Obama says, “It is not government’s takeover of health care. It’s not a single-payer system like Canada. It’s just not. “

Really? I think he means, not yet.

If you, can’t get it in the front door, sneak it around back.

/hell of a way to run a country, eh?