Senate Finance Committee members have been notified that the committee's health reform bill was filed today. S. 1796 weighs in at 1,502 pages, according to a Senate Republican leadership source. It's still not up yet on the Finance Committee website or Thomas.gov. We'll post a link as soon as we get one.
Read the entire 1,502 page Finance bill here:
Sens. Kerry, Schumer, Menendez, Stabenow and Rockefeller are concerned that the tax on high-end plans will hit plans that are not overly generous:
Read Sen. Rockefeller's expanded views on reform:
Of course, this draft version from the Finance Committee is not the final version of the health care bill. Senators Reid, Baucus, and Dodd along with White House staff are working behind closed doors to merge the Finance and Health Committee legislation into one bill that will be considered on the floor of the Senate.
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In addition, Senator Debie Stabenow has introduced a separate Medicare spending bill that will help mask the true cost of health care reform legislation. According to Heritage Foundation:
This week the Senate is set to vote on a measure that would approve spending for almost one quarter of Obamacare’s $1 trillion price tag. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has introduced, and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is moving to the floor, S. 1776 which ... raises Medicare provider reimbursement rates by $247 billion over the next ten years and $3 trillion over the next 75. ... Reid and the White House are trying to pull a fast one on the American people, claiming “the Medicare doctors’ payment discrepancy is a budgetary problem” while “health insurance reform tackles a serious regulatory problem.” The Obama administration is trying to add $247 billion in deficit health care spending one week, and then turn around and claim their health care plan is deficit neutral the next.