The 4,000-page health-care bill?
Stan Collender explains how health-care reform could balloon to 4,000 pages:
[D]epending on whether the bill is drafted as an amendment to what is already being debated or as new standalone legislation, it may have to start by striking out the original and then substituting new language. In other words, it could end up being closer to 4000 pages not because its more complicated but because that's standard legislative drafting procedure.
If you're having trouble getting your mind around this concept, think of it as the difference between the formal way you were taught to speak in school when you were learningr a foreign language and how you're more likely to say the same thing now.
In other words, instead of saying:
"Good morning. I hope you slept well. What are your plans for the rest of the day?"
You probably say something like:
In other words, unless you want to speak like your first Spanish or French teacher, you absolutely need to resist the urge to criticize health care reform because of the number of pages in the draft legislation.
December 10, 2009; 10:03 AM ET
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