Have you Read the Health Care Law?

by Bruce Webb

Well me neither. I read through the Tri-Committee and HELP Bills and the Senate Finance Committee’s Chairman’s Mark and then both the Pelosi and Reid versions as introduced and followed as best I could the last minute revisions introduced by the Team of Ten but as I type I have yet to actually slog through the text as passed on Sunday night. I think I know what is in the bill and what was signed into law a few minutes ago but I don’t actually know. But I will. And you can too. And then maybe follow up with the proposed text of the reconciliation fix.

H.R.3590 – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Given that this is the same bill as was passed by the Senate on Dec 24th some of you may be ahead of me here. But this is the law as it stands this morning Tuesday March 23

Health Care Bill – H.R. 4872 – Reconciliation Act of 2010
Hmm, I didn’t realize until just now that the Reconciliation Bill was in the form of a Substitute, meaning that absent any changes mandated by the Parliamentarian or other amendments approved by the Senate this would be the actual final version of the law to be sometime later this month.

Links to our friends (or at least my friend) at Open Congress.org. I am going to take some time and read through the bill and settle out what I think I know from reading all the previous iterations and what we are really dealing with going forward: 300% of FPL or 400%, 11% max out of pocket or 12% or 8.5%? It has been a blizzard of changing numbers. But soon enough it will be what it will be, time to dig down into the data in the true Angry Bear spirit.

Bon appetit!! And consider this an open topical Health Care thread.