Professor at Cornell Law School – Heathcare bill “incomprehensible”

Well, more accurately, major portions of the bill are “incomprehensible”.

Since doesn;t have time to read the whole damn thing, he’s going to analyze a page at random for the next seven days :

I will look at my Sitemeter page count for seven straight days, and whatever the last three digits are on the page count, I will turn to that page in the House Bill. I will use whichever section of the House Bill appears at the top of the page, even if the section starts on prior pages.    … I will try to explain what the section and provisions on the page mean.

Check out his first attempt, page 780 in the House Bill3200 … Sec. 1721:

VERDICT: Close to incomprehensible. I think this means that there will be an increase in reimbursements to states for payments to primary care physicians under Medicaid. I could be wrong. There are so many cross-references, that it would take hours to figure out the full implications and all the conditions to which such payments are made, much less the source of revenue for the payments.

What this section does show is the density of the House Bill. Understanding just this single provision is a daunting task. Call it the banality of bureaucracy. Someone, be it a lobbyist or staffer or both, spent an enormous amount of time writing this dense text to accomplish something which is not explained in a form almost anyone could understand or comprehend.

That’s just the conclusion, look at his blog to judge the fairness of it.

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