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1990-page federal healthcare reform bill now online for 72 hours to read

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WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. House Democrats today placed their 1,990-page federal healthcare reform bill online for 72 hours for everyone to read.

Democrat leaders will take their sweeping health care reform bill to the whole floor later this week, according to House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer at a press conference today.

“It is our intention either Friday or Saturday to have this bill on the floor,” he said, adding that the House may vote on the bill next Monday and Tuesday.

The House is facing a deadline to have the health care reform bill signed into law by the end of the year, as the top domestic priority for President Barack Obama’s presidency.

Last week, House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, offered the 1,990-page bill, combining different versions drafted by three House committees, which would cost $ 894 billion over the next 10 years and cover 96 percent of Americans, or so they claimed. The claim is highly controversial and many Republicans have refuted it.

The Senate, which has also unveiled its unified health care reform legislation, is also expecting debates over the bill on the whole floor.

Both of the bills include the public option, which Obama and supporters believe would create competition in the insurance market, but critics say would result in the takeover of the industry by the government.

Despite controversies and differences over the legislation, Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus reaffirmed on Tuesday that Congress could manage to have it passed before the end of the year.

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1 Response for “1990-page federal healthcare reform bill now online for 72 hours to read”

  1. tower200 says:

    The thing I’m wondering about the President’s plan is this element about pre-existing conditions… Is there any vocabulary in there about wether or not there is a cap on what insurance companies can charge if you have a pre-existing ailment?

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