What’s in the Senate Bill?

We’ve written about H.R. 3200, the House version of Obamacare, a few times now. But that’s the House bill — what about the Senate bill? What new horror stories lie in that bill?

I wish I could enlighten you, but I can’t — the Senate HELP committee won’t even let us read it.

On July 15, six weeks ago, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed an amended $1 trillion health-care bill, with acting Chairman Chris Dodd calling it a “historic achievement.” Too bad the committee won’t reveal this history even to other Senators, much less to the public.

Three weeks ago Republicans on the committee wrote Mr. Dodd “to reiterate our request for a full copy of the bill as amended, in the four-week mark-up.” Mr. Dodd has refused to comply. The Senate bill that is available on the committee Web site is 790 pages long. While that is some 300 pages shorter than the House health bill, that’s in part because it doesn’t include nearly 200 amendments that passed when the committee redrafted the bill.

Transparency my foot!

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