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Full Text of the Health Care Reform Bill(s)

March 22, 2010

I like my information to come from as close to the original source as possible, and I think you should too. In an effort to present you, my loyal reader (hi Mom), with the original source material on stories of science and medicine, I’m posting the links to the full text of the House and Senate health care bills. The Senate one (H.R. 3590) seems to be the frontrunner to be signed into law, it was passed by the House in revised form (H.R. 4872) yesterday (March 21, 2010).

That “Senate version” bill started in the House Ways and Means Committee, passed the House Oct. 8. 2009, was revised and passed by the Senate Dec. 24, 2009 as H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Congress’s website provides a summary and the official full text of the bill as passed by the Senate (all 2409 pages). The full text can also be found in .pdf form here. The House added some revisions to H.R. 3590 before it passed its version yesterday (March 21,2010). The bill is now called H.R. 4872, The Reconciliation Act of 2010. The Congressional summary is here, and the full text (all 2,347 pages) is here and also available as a download-able document here. Good luck with that. With my connection it takes several minutes to load the online text version.  And once it loads you have to try to get though it!

The “House version” bill that started in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and passed in the House on Nov. 7, 2009 but has not passed the Senate as of March 22, 2010, is H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. The summary and official bill text (which runs to 2070 pages) are also on Congress’s website.

From each of the bill’s home pages, you can also get a report of how members of Congress voted on each bill, actions taken to amend/vote on/discuss each bill in Congress, links to news stories and loads of public commentary. There’s even a fun little section for each bill called “The Money Trail” that details the special interests publicly for and against each bill, which members of Congress have received the most money from each block, how much money, and which way they voted. I’m interested in why/how Ronald (Ron) Paul is at the top of both lists. Any insight? Feel free to comment.

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