Listening to the Health Care Bill
Last Saturday the House passed H.R. 3962, the highly controversial health care bill, by a very slim margin of 220-215. The House added one amendment to the bill, concerning coverage of abortion procedures, but declined to include an amendment dealing with insurance. The bill as introduced is sizable—nearly two thousand pages, and if you are interested in reading it you can. It is available in several places including FDsys, the new website from the Government Printing Office. There is another alternative, though, for people reluctant to wade through the paper version. Hear the Bill is a website where voice actors have volunteered their time to read aloud the text of the health care bill. The later divisions of H.R. 3962 are not yet complete, but all of Division A and the majority of Division B are. You can also listen to older versions of the House Bill, or a draft version of the Senate Bill. Go take a look!