Missing: 1,000 Pages from the Health Care Bill!

Missing: 1,000 Pages from the Health Care Bill!

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2,700 Pages?

One of the loudest laughs during three days of Supreme Court arguments came when Justice Antonin Scalia lambasted government lawyers for asking the high court to choose which regulations should fall along with the individual mandate, should the court deem that provision unconstitutional.

“You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages?,” he asked. “And do you really expect the Court to do that? Or do you expect us to — to give this function to our law clerks?”

Let’s hope the conservative jurist pays closer attention to the facts when he turns his attention to the serious questions before the court.

It’s true that conservatives in the media on the campaign stump have routinely attacked the “2,000-page Obamacare” bill. And the original Senate submission did clock in at 1,994 pages, according to media reports at the time.

But the final legislation, as printed by the Government Printing Office, is just 906 pages. Don’t believe me? Here it is.

spent 25 years as a foreign correspondent, economics writer and investigative business reporter for the Chicago Tribune and other publications. He is the author of the 2004 book, The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs.