Reconciliation Bill Posted Online

House still on track for a Sunday vote
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2010 4:10 PM CDT
Reconciliation Bill Posted Online
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The last piece of the puzzle is in place for this weekend's vote on health care reform: The House Rules Committee has posted the reconciliation bill online. Politico has the pdf here. The House is on track for a final vote sometime Sunday afternoon, with Democrats "giddy" over today's CBO analysis saying it would cut budget deficits by $138 billion over 10 years, notes the New York Times.

Politico rounds up some changes from the Senate bill:

  • Raises tax credits for middle-income families who buy insurance.
  • Cuts the penalty for not buying insurance from $750 to $695.
  • "Closes the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage by 2011 and gives seniors who fall into the gap this year a $250 rebate."
  • Covers increased Medicaid costs of all states until 2016.
(More health care reform stories.)

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