Impressive bipartisanship, as Pelosi doesn't allow any GOP members to attend the health care bill announcement.
It runs more pages than War and Peace, has nearly five times as many words as the Torah, and its tables of contents alone run far longer than this story. The House health care bill unveiled Thursday clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words. With an estimated 10-year cost of $894 billion, that comes out to about $2.24 million per word. And for some members, that may not be enough. A “robust” public option can’t be found in the bill. Neither can the word “doctor” – save for a few references to degrees. No “cost curve” is bent. No “blue pill” is dispensed.
Some Dems are still pushing to go straight to a single payer system.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was able to include a single-payer amendment in one of the three House bills that made the base of the bill Pelosi unveiled today. But it was stripped out of the final product. His amendment would have allowed individual states to choose a single-payer system if they chose. "That's where single-payer is headed, to the state level," Kucinich told HuffPost. "They took it out without any explanation. I'm trying to see if there's a way to get the amendment back in the bill," he said. "Insurance interests were careful to target that amendment. There's no question they were instrumental in knocking it out."
What remains to be seen - will the wackos allow their wackiness to kill this thing, or will they have the discipline to come together behind the speaker's desire to push this through without amendment.