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The one thousand and ninety page[1] HR.3962 contains the enrollment or engrossment of the following additional house bill, H.R. 903. Among other things, including a reference to the military’s CHIPS program, this bill is the vehicle for which three other bills were included.

Two page H. R. 903 directed engrossment of H. R. 3961, known as the “Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009”. This would likely be the place to start in looking for the proposed reductions. If you go to the above link on H.R. 903 the following engrossed items will show as blue links in the summary.

Five page H. R. 3961 in turn, engrossed seventeen page H. R. 2920, known as the “Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2009”. Reinstituting the “Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985”, or BBEDCA, it also mandates budget neutrality on new tax and mandatory legislation. Among other things, it imposes new guidelines on the alternative minimum tax (AMT). It also has a laundry list of exclusions.

H. R. 2920 engrossed one page H.R. 665, which agrees to consider adoption of a PayGo bill like H. R. 2920. An attendant House report “House Report 111-217”, for consideration of H.R. 2920 is available. A bill, S. 1600, with the same name as H.R 2920, was introduced in the Senate around the same time. It was referred to the budget committee in August.

The one page Hyde Amendment[2], H.AMDT.509 (A001), introduced by Representative Stupak was passed and codified into H. R. 3962 and can be seen HERE with vote counts. It says:

[AMENDMENT DESCRIPTION:
Amendment codifies the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions.

AMENDMENT PURPOSE:
An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions.]

Therefore, on the House side of things the total paper stack appears to be an estimated two thousand sixteen pages. Each of the sections was downloadable. As pdfs they are searchable by keyword[3]. For example, H.R. 3962 records the key word “women” 101 times. However, many of these are multiple entries on one page. In any event, if you want to start somewhere, working from the inside out in a keyword search can give you a flavor of the documents. Also keep in mind that the combining the Senate and House versions is likely to change some of the line items. These may the most useful to watch.


[1] Both the Version passed by the House and the one placed on the Senate calendar are the same at 645 pages. However, the document is printed as continuous, so each printed page may contain more than one.


[2] There already is a Hyde amendment. H.AMDT.509 (A001) includes it as part of this bill.


[3] I work on a Mac. However, I imagine it is the same for PC’s.  After opening up the document, I hit Command +F. It opens a dialogue box. Then I type in the keyword. It should make a list on the right hand side. Then you can click on each of those lines to see what they say.

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Update 091119 5:06 PST

For more on the the number of bills and the amendment combined with H.R. 3962 go HERE.

There seems to be some confusion in bloggerland about the health care bill. Perhaps ABC gives the best general information about the status of the bill, HERE.

To synopsize:

A House bill entitled “Affordable Health Care for America Act”, H.R 3692, was passed by the House and sent to the Senate . The download pdf is 1948 appears to have been 1990 pages( I originally got it from Speaker Pelosi’s website). The Stupak amendment was passed as part of H.R. 3692. Representative Stupak’s comments are HERE.

I have been having problems, downloading some, but not all of the documents at the Senate Site. However, if you go HERE, you will see the currently active list including H.R. 3692, and the attendant Senate bills of: “Affordable Health Choices Act”, S. 1679, from the Health, Education, and Labor Committee, in 283 pages, and “America’s Healthy Future Act, 2009”, S. 1796, from the Senate Finance Committee in 346 pages.

If you go to the section entitled “Popular Documents”  in the above Senate link, you will see a selection of many health related materials. Majority Leader Reid’s amendment would not download for me at this time. I am wondering if some documents are being withheld until the Senate has a cloture vote on whether to debate the bill(s).

I want to empathize that, I think like many of us, I am struggling through the effort to understand. There may be other bills involved that have been, or will be attached to the health care bill.  ABC has reported that the bills from the two entities combined are more than 4000 pages. As I find them I will include them as updates. Or perhaps the missing pages are the supporting documents in the Senate Popular Documents section.

Senator Boxer has released a statement today, 11/19/09, HERE. In part, she says:

[…Senator Reid also has crafted language that will keep women from being discriminated against when it comes to their reproductive health care.   The Senate bill maintains the compromise that has been in place for decades that prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion, but allows a woman to use her own private funds.



There are many issues that I am still working on, including ensuring that California is not hurt by cuts to the Disproportionate Share Hospital Program, which helps our hospitals that serve the neediest among us.
 


I am also working to ensure that the bill includes better preventative health care coverage for women…. ]

Senator Feinstein has not yet released a new comment on her site, but had done one on Oct 23, HERE, expressing her thoughts and reservations about it.

For your Info,

Representative Speier’s Statement has two statements, one against the Stupak Amendment, HERE, and one here on the passage of the House bill, HERE.

Representative Kucinich’s statement on the House Bill is HERE.

Ralph Nader’s comment is HERE.

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