When members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 220-215 Saturday to pass H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act bill, they set the stage for a collision of mammoth health bills.
The contenders in the Senate continue to be S. 1796, the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009 bill, which was developed by the Senate Finance Committee under the direction of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and the S. 1679, the Affordable Health Choices Act bill, which was developed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee with inspiration from the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
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House leaders created H.R. 3962 by combining separate bills developed by the House Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, and Ways and Means committees. House Republicans said during a House Rules Committee hearing on H.R. 3962 Friday and House floor debate on the bill Saturday that, when House leaders came up with the current version of the bill, they left out many Republican amendments that were approved at the committee levels.