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March 25, 2010

Health care bill = seven Pulitzer Prize novels

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To be filed under: Read this, not that. Although the new health care bill represents significant reform and affects millions of Americans, not too many folks are likely to read the entire 2,409 pages. Even the name -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- is enough to put me to sleep.  Slogging through every convoluted sub-clause is best left to Hill staffers and D.C. lobbyists. Unless you enjoy passages such as this: PREMIUM TAX CREDITS.—Section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by section 1401 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and amended by section 10105 of such Act, is amended ... in subsection (c)(2)(C) ... by striking ‘‘(b)(3)(A)(iii)’’ in clause and inserting ‘‘(b)(3)(A)(ii)’’.

On the other hand, if you're looking for 2,400 pages of material you could read:

-- Several imposing tomes (with much clearer language than the bill): Moby Dick, Ulysses and Gravity's Rainbow. A mere 2,279 total pages.

-- The Nobel Prize winning novels from 2003-09: Olive Kitteridge, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Road, March, Gilead, The Known World, and Middlesex. That's 2,487 pages.

-- The entire works of Dr. Seuss -- several times over.

The choice is yours.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 6:00 AM | | Comments (1)


This was clever! Makes me want to come up with my own lists.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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