You know what’s even less exciting than health insurance regulations? Homework! But as Congress prepares to vote on the huge and hugely controversial health care reform bill tonight, it’s a good time to familiarize yourself with what the proposed bill does–no matter what your opinion of it might be.
There are ways to do that to suit every citizen and every attention span. Here are some links, from Consumer Reports Health.
The full bill passed by the Senate late last year: that’s a 2,409-page PDF download. Make a pot of tea first.
The reconciliation bill: less exciting.
House Ways and Means Committee summaries: in less detailed and more detailed flavors.
And if you’re interested in what the nonpartisan, civil servant-filled Congressional Budget Officehas to say about the bill’s effects on the federal budget, you can get that right here.