It’s long and it’s distinguished.  Via the Boss Emeritus, these are the amendments by which members of both parties hope to spin the trajectory of health-care reform in its showdown weekend in the House.   The House Rules Committee has to vote on each of these before sending the bill for a floor vote, which Nancy Pelosi somehow plans to finish by the end of tomorrow.  The Committee has already begun meeting, and we’ll see how many of these make it into the final version of the reconciliation package.

My favorites?  I like Barton’s requirement that the federal budget deficit be “eliminated” before this bill can take effect.  Do Democrats love health-care reform so much that they’d be willing to cut spending to get it?  Several of them strike the individual mandate, another Barton amendment would strike all new taxes from the bill, and many of the others nibble more at the edges.  The deficit one is definitely my favorite.

How many of these actually get adopted?  I’m guessing … zero.  Feel free to use this as a scorecard if you’re watching or following Rep. Pete Sessions on Twitter.

Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for

H.R. 4872 – Reconciliation Act of 2010

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)
Listed in Alphabetical Order
Mar 19, 2010 9:23PM