Read the Baucus Bill


The missing piece in the health care reform puzzle was dropped in Congress today. After months of negotiations with Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman Max Baucus released a copy of his bill. Baucus’ Finance Committee was the last committee to introduce legislation on health care reform. As Ezra Klein notes at the Washington Post, “the Finance Committee’s Chairman’s Mark (the first draft of the bill) is written in plain English, rather than legislative-speak, so it’s actually comprehensible to the interested layman.” If you never understood the legal language of legislation, now’s your chance to read a bill that you can actually understand. Mark-up on the bill will begin on September 22.