IN THE MAIL: One thousand pages — 999 too longBoth sides should consider the “Kennedy Health Care Bill,” HR 3200, just as a document for moment.
By: David Wolfer, Bismarck
BISMARCK —- Both sides should consider the “Kennedy Health Care Bill,” HR 3200, just as a document for moment.
It is 1,017 pages long. It has 225,182 words on 29,314 lines. I would call it a difficult read at best. Most of the people responsible to make this law haven’t read it all by themselves. I tried and couldn’t finish it.
The Constitution as a document has about 19 pages on Microsoft Word and 7,620 words on about 1,045 lines. This document is not a very difficult read and not a physically weighty document. But for more than 233 years, it has made the U.S. the greatest nation in the history of the world.
The Ten Commandments on Microsoft Word has one page. It has 294 words on 26 lines. For thousands of years, millions of people actually have tried to follow this document. May we assume that its number of readers outstrips the other documents by maybe a million fold?
HR 3200 doesn’t come close to the other two documents’ importance to our nation or the world we live in. The other documents were written to be read; HR 3200, I’d argue, never was meant to be read.
I worry when I’m asked to live by, pay for and/or bill to my grandchildren a document that I can’t read and don’t understand. Who is kidding whom?