Speaker Pelosi just introduced the merged health reform bill for the House of Representatives. The bill is 1,900 pages long, so let’s split it up. Report back when you are finished reading the first half, and I will read the second half.
Otherwise, you can read a nice 11 page summary here: http://www.politico.com/static/PPM41_hcr_complete_summary.html
This bill contains a public option with negotiated rates, however, it’s looking less and less likely that the Senate will pass anything with a public option (save Snowe’s trigger option).
One of the things that I saw for the first time was the requirement for employers to contribute 72.5% of employees premiums, and 65% for the premiums for families. This would make a significant difference for me, as my employer contributes quite a bit for employee insurance but much less for families.
Now it’s time for Senator Reid to make his bill public!