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Senate Health Care Bill Released!

November 18, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Update: Read the bill, comment on individual sections and create custom links:

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act>>

Update, 10pm ET: As we type, the OC team is working on putting together a webpage of the brand-new Senate health care reform bill: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (link opens in browser as a 2,074-page .pdf), released as an amendment to H.R. 3590. Our uniquely searchable + open-source HTML page will be up and linked from our homepage as soon as we can tonight.

Until then, a few early links w/ news coverage and blog reactions: NYTimes, TheHill, WaPo. Follow OC on Twitter.

Substantive links & some early analysis from Ezra Klein, who’s had the health care reform story surrounded for the WaPo from go: Primary sources on the Senate bill, Health-care reform will not be remembered for its price tag… more to come…

Previously: The health care bill that the Senate will begin debating next week won’t be released until tomorrow. But today we get to have a look at the Congressional Budget Office’s highly-anticipated analysis of the bill. The CBO analysis — known as a “score” among wonks — doesn’t tell us the details of the bill’s mechanisms, but it does tell us some core information on how much the bill costs and how effective it will be.

Generally, the CBO score looks very good for the Democrats. Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] (pictured) wanted to keep the bill under $900 billion, and it is. Reid said yesterday that the CBO numbers are evidence that this is the “best” health care bill yet, adding: “I think if you’re not impressed, you should be.”

Below, I’ve put together a table comparing some of the topline CBO numbers for the health care bill that was passed by the House, the Senate Finance Committee health care bill (the leading Senate proposal up until now) and the new Senate bill. All numbers reflect the CBO’s estimates of the bills’ effects 10 years from now.

House health care bill [CBO Score] Finance Committee health care bill [CBO Score] Final Senate health care bill [score]
Gross cost $891 billion $829 billion $848 billion
Impact on the federal deficit Reduces the deficit by $109 billion Reduces the deficit by $81 billion Reduces the deficit by $130 billion
Subsidies provided for buying insurance on the Exchange $610 billion $461 billion $447 billion
Average annual subsidy for a person buying insurance through the Exchange $6,800 $5,500 $5,500
Expansion of insurance coverage Coverage for legal nonelederly people would be expanded to 96% of the population. Reduces number of uninsured by 36 million. Coverage for legal nonelederly people would be expanded to 94% of the population. Reduces number of uninsured by 29 million. Coverage for legal nonelederly people would be expanded to 94% of the population. Reduces number of uninsured by 31 million.
Expansion of Medicaid 15 million people would be added to Medicaid/CHIP. 14 million people would be added to Medicaid/CHIP. 15 million people would be added to Medicaid/CHIP.

Obviously some crucial information has yet to be filled in, especially regarding subsidy levels. I’ll update as soon as the information is out. Updated!

The full bill is expected to be released at noon ET tomorrow. As soon as it’s out, we’ll be working full steam ahead to get the bill online in HTML for public comment and review. Subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog for updates.

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  • eohusby 11/18/2009 2:25pm

    My guess is these numbers grossly understate the cost of the bill, and that any honest numbers would show an increase in the deficit. There is just no possible way that this piece of pork can reduce the deficit. Those reductions are, for the most part, smoke and mirrors projections of cost savings from eliminating fraud and inefficiencies. Excuse me if I don’t take such garbage at face value.

  • rjdunn 11/18/2009 4:46pm
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    It just looks like more of the fuzzy math that Washington DC uses to daze and confuse people.

  • poormanslobbyist 11/18/2009 5:10pm

    Where’s the mandated coverage for autism treatment? Out of 2074 pages, there is not one mention of autism. Yet there is mandated coverage to help pregnant smokers kick the habit. Aren’t kids with autism just as important as pregnant smokers?

    This is a good start, but there is still much work to do. Children with autism still need their therapy, and the Senate seems to have forgotten about our kids.

    The Poor Man’s Lobbyist

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  • FallenMorgan 11/18/2009 9:33pm

    Everyone has a problem with the public option, yet nobody seems to care that this bill would force people to buy insurance, either public or private, and then fine you if you refuse to do so. That is nothing but authoritative garbage.

  • FallenMorgan 11/18/2009 9:35pm
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    I thought I was an American citizen and an individual, not a cog in a machine. The Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans.

  • craines 11/21/2009 12:21pm

    We need this reform now, A public option is the only way I can ever see our family with affordable health.

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