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If You Discuss Health Bill Use Actual Text

Update: 11/22/2009

As of this writing, the main Senate health care bill is HR 3950 and the bill that passed that House was HR 3962. If you’re wondering why the Senate bill has a House number, please read the posting Senate Begins its Health Care Debate from my friends at OpenCongress.org.

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I expect to see a lot of commentary on what is and is not in the recently introduced House health care bill. HR 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. Whether you’re for it or against in whole or in part, my hope is that you will cite the actual text of the bill rather than what someone tells you is in the bill.

It’s easy to use the primary source of the bill text. The transparency organization OpenCongress has provided the bill text as introduced at http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3200/text. As the bill is changed, you can follow the changes at http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3200/show. This page will also provide access to coverage by blogs and mainstream media.

Another nice feature of the OpenCongress version of this and other bills is that you can leave comments about the bill or any individual section. If you feel strongly about some provision, tell people. When you write your Congressional delegation, quote the parts of the bill that you are supporting or opposing. It will help them represent you better.

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2 Responses

  1. At http://www.FaithfulinPrayer.wordpress.com, I’m writing a series of articles outlining what the the actual House bill (h.r.3200) says.
    So far, I’m at Subtitle 2 of Title II of Division A. Tomorrow will be Subtitle 3.
    Join the Journey!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Jackie. I think it’s great you’re laying out the text for all to see. I’d like to hear more about your free healthcare clinics idea as an alternative to the current health care bill. I’d suggest putting a link to where you are finding the text so people can’t accuse you of altering what the bill says.

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