The house released its merged health care bill today. While there may be amendments from the floor this is basically The Bill for that side of congress. The Speaker is anticipating a final vote before Veteran’s Day (November 11). You can get a copy here. (Large File Warning, it’s 1990 pages.)
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The Senate’s version is supposed to be released after it returns from CBO scoring; my guess is the middle of next week. It too will face numerous floor amendments but if it passes at all will be mostly what’s there.
For now, however, I plan to read this thing a time or two. As a courtesy I’m going to post comments on what I find – that means I may turn very prolific over the next few days. I’m starting it with this post, discussing breakdown of the bill.
The AHCAA (no bill number yet) has four major divisions. These are:
- Affordable Health Care Choices (what most people think of);
- Medicare and Medicaid Improvements;
- Public Health and Workforce Development; and
- Indian Health Care Improvement.
As I’ve mentioned before the health care system’s problems are complex. Mencken’s rule (To every problem there is a solution that is easy, obvious and wrong) applies here. So I’ll be getting into the complexities.
All the divisions have multiple titles – that is, almost acts in their own. To avoid getting too deep right now I’m just going to list the five in the first division – the division most folk will spend most effort examining. I’ll probably devote a post per title, or so goes the planning at this time. Without further ado:
- Immediate Reforms;
- PROTECTIONS AND STANDARDS FOR QUALIFIED
HEALTH BENEFITS PLANS;
- HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE AND RELATED PROVISIONS;
- SHARED RESPONSIBILITY;
- AMENDMENTS TO INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986.
Looking dense already, isn’t it? Well, later – gotta do some reading.