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Sunday, March 28, 2010


Worry not. Soon enough, Ezra Klein will tell us why this fecal stew is still worth eating.

Language is incredibly subtle. No doubt the intricacy pointed out by the good attorney was completely invisible to the bill's drafters in their last minute rush to give the American public what it clamored for.

My favorite part of the article at the end where it assures us that we'll still get a nifty new website and an appeals process (which I'm sure will be completely open and fair).

Yes, and that's a direct quote--the bill says "A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall implement an effective appeals process for appeals of coverage determinations and claims." With such specific language as "effective", I don't see any chance that this section could be abused.

You did it? You read the bill? Where is it? How long is it?

Nope, just looked for that one part to verify the language. You can find the bill here (in pieces). The main text is 2409 pages long, though they tend to be multi-spaced in a fairly large font, so it's not as daunting as it sounds. I'm still not planning to subject myself to that torture anytime soon, though.

I'm still not planning to subject myself to that torture anytime soon, though.

Neither, rest assured, did the vast majority of the people who voted on it.

How'd you find that one passage in all those pages?

Nothing special--just a simple find in Foxit (which I highly recommend over Adobe for PDF viewing).

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