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December 20, 2009

General Notes on Health Care Bill Process

The Senate version of the Bill is called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or H.R. 3590. The content of the bill is actually in an amendment, Senate Amendment 2786.

The reason it is H.R. is because according to the Constitution, all revenue-related bills must start with the House. So the Senate took an unrelated House bill called the "Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009" and hollowed it out and renamed it. This is a common practice.

The CBO has scored the version of the bill that corresponded to when Reid announced that the Senate has the necessary 60 votes to end debate. A blog entry from the CBO referring to this, and their original analysis of the Senate bill, is here.

The Democratic Policy Committee has a summary of the bill here. OpenCongress has a markup of the bill here.

The House version of the bill is called the Affordable Health Care for America Act, or H.R. 3962. This passed the House by a vote of 220-215 on November 7, 2009.

The CBO has scored H.R. 3962 and has summarized it here. OpenCongress has a markup of the bill here.

Hopefully someone will come up with a good way to reconcile the commonalities and browse the differences between the two.

Posted by tunesmith at December 20, 2009 12:32 PM

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