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GOP Can’t Decide If the Health-Care Bill Is Too Long or Too Short

For months now, Republicans have been trying to use the sheer number of pages it took to write Congress’s health-care-reform legislation as a scare tactic, even though logic would dictate that a bill reforming America’s vast and complex health-care system would, in fact, be quite large. Here are just a few select quotes:

• “That’s larger than the novel ‘War and Peace.’” —Senator Orrin Hatch, on the Senate bill

• “All you need to know is there are 1,990 pages. That should tell you everything.” —House Minority Leader John Boehner, on the House bill

•”I have a fundamental problem with any 1,000-page bills.” —Senator David Vitter

•”I’ve sponsored nine bills … I don’t think any of them are 100 pages long.” —Congressman Roy Blunt

•”[I]f you can’t put this down in 30 pages or less, it proves that this is a complicated, you know, bunch of bureaucratic garbage.” —Fox News host Sean Hannity

So it was a little weird today when Republican senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming said this on the Senate floor:

And we talk about 2,074 pages, which seems like a lot. And it would be for a normal bill that you could debate in a limited period of time, which is what we’re being asked to do, but 2,074 pages isn’t nearly enough to cover health care for America.”

Whoops! As Woody Allen said to a dishonest friend in Manhattan, “You guys should get your story straight. Don’t you rehearse?”

Republicans now arguing that the Senate health care bill isn’t long enough. [Think Progress]

GOP Can’t Decide If the Health-Care Bill Is Too Long or Too Short