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December 2nd, 2009

7 items you didn’t know were in the Senate bill
Little-publicized provisions include breast-pumping rooms and bone scans


Final push for health reform
Nov. 30: The Senate begins the final push to pass its version of the health care bill, with abortion and public option. What will it take to get the votes? Chuck Todd reports from Washington.


By Mary Agnes Carey, Phil Galewitz and Laurie McGinley

updated 3:31 p.m. ET, Mon., Nov . 30, 2009
Pay attention: The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" — better known as the Senate health care overhaul bill — is chock full of interesting but little publicized provisions affecting consumers. Sure, the bill is mainly a blueprint for overhauling the insurance system. But look closely and you'll see a variety of items that would affect people from the cradle to old age — from breast pump use to retiree health benefits. It's a congressional tradition, adding pet interests that otherwise might not pass to a big bill that at least will be put up for a vote.

Yes, there's plenty of time to change the bill. But political analysts say a final overhaul bill would more likely look like this measure than the version already approved by the House because Senate Democrats barely could agree on sending it to the floor for debate. In short, there's not much political room for major changes.

Here are some examples of what lies in this 2,074-page bill:Collapse )

© 2009 This information was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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Can we just cancel Christmas this year?

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