Bluegrass, where did you get your copy of the bill's PDF? Where do you get "... HR 3590 [and] is exactly 899 pages long"? My copy came from house.gov.
The Library of Congress:
All Bills Get called a Bill, and assigned a HR # even if not passed and signed by the President ;) The bill you cited is the House of Representative's Draft.... The bill signed into law is HR 3590 and is 899 pages long.
HR 3962 was abandoned in 2009
I stand corrected, Bluegrass; you are quite correct about HR 3590 being the law. My mistake: I sure did think that HR 3962 actually was the primary text of the law and appreciate the correction. HR 3962 is what I read back when the bill was being jammed down out throats.
Apparently it is Public Law # 111-148:http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:H.R.3590:
Then you click the Text of Legislation link to get to the 7 versions the bill went through. Click #7's PDF link and you get the document. It is 906 pages long.
The "Bill Text Versions" page is an eye-opener. The bill started out as Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009 and morphed into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Part of the legislative games the D's used to get this sucker passed. Very interesting how HR 3590 was orignally an IRS law and now the law is hiring 16,500 IRS agents to enforce this behemoth. Coincidence? So instead of just spending tons of overhead money on insurance company clerks, we know get to fund an ADDITIONAL 16,500 IRS clerks to check up on us:http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/story/2012-07-09/IRS-to-tackle-health-care-and-taxes/56108848/1
And the D's have the nerve to call this thing the AFFORDABLE health care act! Just more Fed jobs, really. Which will require a whole new set of laws, rules, regulations, and bureacracy just for that part of the bill's implementation.
And, of course, this document is the legal tip of the iceburg we are all being hit by. Want to have some real fun? Go back to the HR 3590 page (link above) and click on the Amendments link. No fewer than 150 ammendments are already in the pipeline for this already complex bill. Now click on the first link "S.AMDT.2786" then on the "text of amendment as submitted". Page after page of changes. The tip of the iceburg, I tell ya. "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS."
Now I wish it were 2,000 pages long.