Insurers anxious over the health care debate may breathe easier as a mix of congressional gridlock and rapidly approaching deadlines may delay or derail reform efforts. Indeed, at 1,900 pages, H.R. 3962, the “Affordable Health Care for America Act,” may have given insurers plenty to contemplate, but may also be an indication that the reform efforts will drag on until next year.
Though House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has indicated he would like to have a final vote on the legislation as early as next week, the more than 500 amendments offered to the health reform legislation in the Senate may prove instructive. Further muddying the matter, Republicans intend to introduce their own 230-page take on health care reform later this week, according to published reports.
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