Click on image to open the 1,017 page Gov't Printing Office HR 3200 pdf

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Click on image to open/download pdf HR 3200 Orgnization Chart

What Makes It Hard to Read?

The 1,017 page version of the bill is very confusing and difficult to read. The outline format with only about 160 words per page, double spaced, 14 pt font make is difficult to read. Click image to go to page 143.

Click on image to go to page 143 of GPO pdf file

I think Congress impressively combined nearly every science-based and cost-effective approach to “re–form" health including those in 18 bills introduced this year.  The combination uses systems thinking, addresses determinants of health. It will help us meet the Constitution's goal of promoting health, happiness, prosperity and well-being. It will re-form health insurance and care, and create a national prevention and wellness strategy to reduce health care spending and preventable illness.

A problem is being self-sufficient and getting our own facts. We need an easy way to read the documents and make sense of the parts. This page lets you see major and minor sections and a summary. Then you click and go to actual text and details which you're interested.

Congress will do the next steps to make the bill that will become law this fall. Congress’ Congressional Research Services (CRS) states that “talk of what’s in the major House bill has been dominating the news and political blogs. Unfortunately, the public discourse about health care reform has been harmed by false claims, scare tactics, and lies.”

2 Ways to Make it EASIER to Find and Read

4 Organization Charts (image at top right is the first) listing major sections (Divisions) and sub-sections (Titles, Subtitles). It has permalinks that, when clicked, will take you to actual official text at the CRS version.

CRS HR 3200 6 Page SUMMARY to find HR 3200 text providing detail for the summarized text. It also has permalinks to the CRS version.

Click image to view CRS SUMMARY pdf file

Or, simply read the "Printer Friendly HR 3200 from the Library of Congress. A 261 page pdf file with 10 pt font, single spaced with ~700 words per page. Use this in conjunction with "notes" on the above file.

Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee The Affordable Health Choices Act (summary, 22 page; draft 615 pages)

Don't forget to review the Constitution and the legislative process / how laws are made  (from the US House of Representative's web page).

Cost evaluation/effectiveness is not addressed in the above information. Go to: Congressional Budget Office (pdf, doesn't seem to evaluate effects of Division C), Trust for America's Health, Commonwealth Fund, Kaiser Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Prepared by
Jim Grizzell, MBA, MA, CHES, ACSM-HFS
Fellow - American College Health Association
August 20, 2009; Updated August 24