October 30th, 2009
07:00 PM ET

Documents: Read the full contents of the proposed health care bill

Editor's Note: While health care reform proposals are still being reconciled on the Senate floor, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the House plan Thursday at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Read the full contents of the proposed bill.


The battle over health care reform reached another milestone Thursday as top House Democrats unveiled sweeping legislation that includes a highly controversial public health insurance option.

The nearly 2,000 page bill - a combination of three different versions passed by House committees - would cost $894 billion over 10 years and extend insurance coverage to 36 million uncovered Americans, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

It guarantees that 96 percent of Americans have coverage, Pelosi said. The figure is based on an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Among other things, the bill would subsidize insurance for poorer Americans and create health insurance exchanges to make it easier for small groups and individuals to purchase coverage. It would also cap annual out-of-pocket expenses and prevent insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Kyle

    Regardless of which party you favor just ask yourself this one question and try to come up with an answer. Why would Congress exempt themselves from the bill they are going to vote on. It seems pretty obvious.

    November 1, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  2. Terry Horn

    My question is , who is going to pay for this 1 trillion dollars, or the last 1 trillion dollars, or the trillion dollars that the Bush administration stuck us with. Or the next silver bullet that congress needs a trillion ,for.
    you dont get something for nothing in this world. Someone always has to pay.

    October 31, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  3. Garry from TN

    I made a honest attempt at reading and understanding what was written in the almost 2,000 page health care bill on your site. I must say, I could not make any sense of it, or understand what it is going to do for anyone. How do our elected officials know what they are voting on? This is all smoking mirrors, we are in big trouble if this passes.

    October 31, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  4. Margot, Northern California

    I agree that one solution would be opening up the Federal employees' insurance program to anyone. One of the better policies in CA costs the Federal government $585 per month. That same policy costs a private employer as much as $890 per month, and over $1,200 to an individual depending on age.

    October 31, 2009 at 2:07 am |
  5. Joanne P.

    The true healthcare solution is to allow workers to retire with benefits at age 62. The cost would be less than kick starting the economy for younger workers entering the workforce and allowing mandates to private industry to provide health insurance.

    October 30, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  6. Cecil

    The majority of Americans do not want the government to control more of their life and this includes their medical care. If you like the idea of socialized medicine then you should support the Obama heathcare plan.

    October 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    Instead of a 2000 page bill for the ordinary citizen Congress should just expand their coverage to include all the citizens – why should we have to pay for lesser insurance for us while we are paying for better insurance for them? For really good insurance like that I think we would all sign up.

    October 30, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
  8. David L. Warshauer

    This is a question related to the health insurance government option issue.
    Don't members of congress get their health insurance from the U .S. government? Why are so many of them against a benefiet administered by governmet which they seem to be satisfied with.
    Couldn't ordinary Americians have health insurance administerd by the same government entity that makes it work for congress?

    October 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  9. Steve

    Will someone please as the Republican members of congress one simple question. Why didnt they design healthcare the way the wanted when the had control of congress starting in 1995 till 2007? I hear every member of the republican party doing this crying that we know there is a problem with healthcare but this isnt the way to do it, then why didnt they do it their way when the had the chance. I think the answer is that they are really and it's not just a saying the party of "no ".

    October 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  10. Laura Newman Tarzana, CA

    Is anyone considering making insurance companies Non-Profit and regulating charges for provided healthcare services across the board with consideration to regional cost-of-living indexes?

    October 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm |