Friday, October 30, 2009

Hello America, Here is Your Health Care Reform

Weighing in at 19 pounds and standing 9 inches tall with 1,990 pages, coming straight out of Washington D.C., its YOUR HEALTH CARE REFORM!

The House health care bill unveiled Thursday clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words. With an estimated 10-year cost of $894 billion, that comes out to about $2.24 million per word.


And for those who cry “read the bill,” beware. There are plenty of paragraphs like this one:

“(a) Outpatient Hospitals – (1) In General – Section 1833(t)(3)(C)(iv) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395(t)(3)(C)(iv)) is amended – (A) in the first sentence – (i) by inserting “(which is subject to the productivity adjustment described in subclause (II) of such section)” after “1886(b)(3)(B)(iii); and (ii) by inserting “(but not below 0)” after “reduced”; and (B) in the second sentence, by inserting “and which is subject, beginning with 2010 to the productivity adjustment described in section 1886(b)(3)(B)(iii)(II)”.

The section deals with “incorporating productivity improvements into market basket updates that do not already incorporate such improvements,” if that helps.


Republicans aide said a print-out of the bill weighs more than 19 pounds and stands nearly nine inches tall.

If there's anyone out there who thinks this is a good idea, please let me know in a couple years after you finish reading it. Full Text


  1. For a libertarian type you're awful good at spotting the horrible abuses and possible future abuses of capitalism.

    Oh, yes, I forgot. Pure capitalism has never been tried. The vision of Karl Marx... whoops... No, I mean Adam Smith (of course) would be a perfectly efficient wonderland of freedom and marketitude. Da, Comrade?

  2. I'm even better at spotting the horrible abuses and possible future abuses of government power.