Why You Should Check Out the Health Care Bills Side by Side
Thanks to many hard-working souls at ProPublica, we’ve created a side-by-side comparison of the full versions of the Senate health care bill versus the bill that will likely go before the House for a vote on Sunday.
What you’ve seen elsewhere — the text put out by the House Rules Committee — is a 150-page list of amendments to the Senate bill ("strike paragraph 4", "insert this new sentence in paragraph B…").
What we’ve created — the final proposed bill in full, and highlights of the changes -- allows you to easily compare the House’s reconciliation proposal to the earlier Senate bill. We’re also showing you exactly what the House has proposed to change, add and delete. So far as we know, this is the only place on the Web where the full proposed final bill is available. (Disclaimer: Creating the full version of the reconciliation bill involved some old-fashioned and frenzied cutting and pasting — we're only human, so please let us know of any errors.)
What we’ve noticed so far:
· Provisions of new revisions to the laws governing student loans;
· A new law governing the tax credit for biofuels;
· An assortment of changed legislative formulas;
· And more.
If you find something, e-mail us or tweet using #hcr and #pphcr.
ProPublica reporter Olga Pierce — that’s me! — will also be marking up the versions with her analysis, pointing out any sweetheart deals left in the bill or, for example, the kind of small formula changes that will make a big monetary difference. She'll also explain how the bill impacts you — whether you're uninsured, underinsured, on Medicaid or Medicare, a small business owner or ... young and invincible. She’s going to start — as soon as she gets some sleep.
Meanwhile, check out the bills.
The effort to reform health care stands to affect different people in many different ways.