HR 3962 Details

by the Left Coast Rebel

More useful information from reader Brett Thompson on HR 3962:

I just went to skim 1800 pages of HR 3962 Affordable Health Care for America Act. (Sign up on this site, track and vote here on Bills)

I got lost after the first page and the references to section and subsections is endless. Has any one person in Congress really read all 1800+ pages? What happened to the paper reduction act? What happened to bills we were going to be able to read? Title 26 of the US Code of Federal Regulations (IRS) started with a small amount of pages (compared to this) and now this mess consists of 16,845 pages according to the US Government Printing Office. If reading some of HR 3962 isn’t enough for you, go read the monster that was created in 1939 with only 504 pages. Here’s the original:
I’ll let the mathematicians figure out what kind of growth that is since 1939, then add that same growth to HR 3962.

My theory: If 60% of the population now has to hire a tax professional to get through the Tax Code, will we have to hire a Health Care Code Professional (HCCP)? Before the public allows this enema to be permanently planted, maybe we should consider a bill that can be written on just one page… Allow insurance to be sold across state lines and massive tort reform.

In an August column appearing in the San Francisco Examiner, Texas Governor Rick Perry wrote: “Just six years ago, Texas was mired in a health care crisis. Our doctors were leaving the state, or abandoning the profession entirely, because of frivolous lawsuits and the steadily increasing medical malpractice insurance premiums that resulted.”

But Texas has since joined 24 other states by enacting reforms that include a reasonable limit on non-economic damages for pain and suffering of up to $750,000 per incident. This essential reform does not limit compensatory awards for calculable lost wages and medical expenses, but it does balance the interests of patients and care providers while helping to ensure access to necessary care.

Now, according to Governor Perry, doctors’ insurance rates have declined by an average of 27 percent while the “number of doctors applying to practice medicine in Texas has skyrocketed by 57 percent. In . . . just the first five years after reforms passed, 14,498 doctors either returned to practice in Texas or began practicing here for the first time.” ~ Tiger Joyce

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