:: Senate Health Care Bill Vote Emerges As Bellwether For Direction Of Reform

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

Quote by Mark Twain.

The Senate’s prior versions of health care legislation are now merged in a bill which will face the threat of filibuster when presented to the full Senate which could happen as soon as Saturday.   The Democratic leadership will need 60 votes to open debate.  An overview of the bill can be read here.    The text can be read here.

The CBO’s scoring of the 2,074 bill at a cost of $849 billion is viewed as a boost to its prospects for passage.  The CBO’s scoring mechanism is controversial, however, in how it matches costs to anticipated revenue and its projections of coverage in view of the paltry fines for failure to enroll.  More on that later.