The Senate Finance Committee rolled out their version their version of health care reform. The plan was released as a detailed 223 page summary (Only in government would we think of 223 pages as a “summary.”). This is the most moderate proposal to come from Congress thus far, intended to win Republican support. Early indication is that neither conservatives nor liberals are excited about the bill.
Here’s what caught my eye, found in the Times article:
The nonpartisan budget office also concluded that the bill would leave 25 million people uninsured in 2019; about one-third of them would be illegal immigrants. By contrast, a House version of the legislation would leave 17 million uninsured, the budget office has said. Currently, at least 46 million people are uninsured.
So after all this reform, the goal of which was to insure every American has coverage, we only reduce the uninsured by half to two-thirds.
So none of the versions are going to achieve their goal of insuring every one, the main reason we started down this road in the first place. And it’s going to take over 1,000 pages of legislation to not meet the goal.
Legislators. You gotta love them.
[Cross-posted at Fairly Conservative]