POLITICO takes an inside look:
It runs more pages than War and Peace, has nearly five times as many words as the Torah, and its tables of contents alone run far longer than this story.House health bill clocks in at 1,990 pages - Jonathan Allen - POLITICO.com
The House health care bill unveiled Thursday clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words. With an estimated 10-year cost of $894 billion, that comes out to about $2.24 million per word.
And for some members, that may not be enough.
A "robust" public option can’t be found in the bill. Neither can the word "doctor" – save for a few references to degrees. No "cost curve" is bent. No "blue pill" is dispensed.
"Death" and "taxes" are both in there, but "death panel" is not.
The text defines dozens of words and phrases, including “family” (“an individual and . . . the individual’s dependents”), "health insurance coverage," "exchange-eligible individual" and "Indian."