Yesterday, Finance Chairman Max Baucus introduced legislative language and a committee report for America’s Healthy Future Act (S 1796 – S Rept 111-89). Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid continues to mediate negotiations for combining the Finance Committee and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee versions of health care overhaul today. The proposed date for introducing the combined version of the bills still remains tentatively set for October 26.
Attached is the bill language, committee report and the original 262 page summary of the bill. The 262 page summary, referred to as conceptual language, is the version originally passed by the Finance Committee and until yesterday, the version health care negotiators have been using. Working with conceptual language prior to receiving legislative language is standard procedure for the Finance Committee because in some cases, it is less complicated than the actual legislative language.