The Kennedy HELP bill (draft text)
[Welcome, Crooks & Liars readers! I know the material is a little dense, but I remember TARP, when that legislation was online, and I think digging into that helped the debate. So, health care policy wonks, do help us take a look at the sausage before it goes in the casings... --lambert]
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This book lists the sections of the Kennedy HELP bill draft ("Kennedy's Healthy Choices" bill is what my source calls it) in order. The text is a draft, and so sections may be missing, cross-references may not work, etc. That's why we have "markup" -- to fix that stuff (and, of course, to lard the bill with gifts to the health insurance companies).
You can use the table of contents (UP) link at the bottom of each post to get an overview of all the sections, or you can read through the bill in order by clicking on the RIGHT or LEFT links. The sections are grouped 0-9, 10-19, and so on (due to limitations in Drupal's book module)
I've tried to make each section into a post. Since these posts derive from a PDF file sent to me by a kind soul, and legislation is very complex, the linking, cross-referencing, and chunking is not all that it could be -- and there are also problems with the text, like punctuation and weird decisions that the PDF converter made. However, the script that does all this is very simple -- so if material is missing, it's by far the most likely explanation that it is simply not in the draft that I was supplied. Do feel free to supply missing pieces in comments.
If some even kinder soul -- staffer, whistleblower -- would like strike a blow for true open-ness and transparency, and send me the source XML for this bill, or any other bill, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, here's the bill in blog form, so you can comment! Health care, have at it!
[One thing we might want to do in each comment thread is develop a paragraph or two that accurately describes what the particular section does. If we did this, we could take all of the paragraphs from the various threads and combine them in one place so we would have a handy section-by-section analysis of the entire bill. I don't think we need any formal divvying, just if you get to a section and are interested, take a stab at describing it. Just a thought - bdblue]
NOTE I did the Senate bill first, since it was the most egregious. A House bill will come soon.