Bill Analysis One Page at a Time? Good Luck With That.

For the second time this year, I have run across a blog post suggesting that people work together to read the entirety of one of the health care bills… by each reading one page. Today’s find is 1,502 at conservative blog bRight and Early.

Am I the only one here who has ever READ a bill? They don’t come in 1-page chunks.

Here’s a comment from one of the readers of the Baucus bill (PDF):

Page 774 establishes quality standards by the Secretary, Who ever that is, for the “Pilot Program”. […] My concern is the “Secretary” seems to have the ability to do what he wants, when he wants, how he wants. Maybe some other part of this bill tells us his regulated powers, but I doubt it!

Whoever that is? Your guess? The Secretary is undoubtedly defined somewhere else in the bill, and the powers are defined elsewhere in the bill. If not, that’s a legitimate criticism. But if you don’t even check, what’s the point of this exercise?

Would I want to read a 1,502 page bill all myself? No, and it wouldn’t make any sense to try. I applaud the idea of working together to produce a summary and analysis. But page by page makes no sense. I can only imagine what insights will be gleaned from all the pages that start mid-sentence.

They do section the dang thing, y’all. There’s even a table of contents.

3 thoughts on “Bill Analysis One Page at a Time? Good Luck With That.

  1. Deidre

    It is a great idea to divide it up – but you’re right, sections people, SECTIONS.

    But I guess if it gets more people reading legislation…?

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