With the House of Representatives passing the Senate’s version of the health reform legislation tonight, it can now be signed by the President. An historic step by any measure. While one of the criticisms leveled against the bill has been its length – typically cited as 2,409 pages – I recently pointed out to someone that the 2,409 page length is because the bill is printed to make it easy to read by using a large font, leaving lots of space between the lines, and sequentially indenting subsections to make the overall structure clearer. (Below is one page from the printed version of the bill.) However, by changing the font and reformatting it, I was easily able to make the entire bill fit on 60 pages.
So how long is the bill? It all depends. But certainly the 2,409 page length “fact” – and similar figures – will be tossed around as pseudo-quantitative arguments that the new law is too complex, which will be another example of fun with facts in support of political positions.