Since Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) unveiled the merged Senate bill, Republican Senators argued that the legislation was too long. “It’s a massive increase in government, as shown by this bill,” Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) told reporters, “spreading his arms wide as if to encompass the stack of papers more than a foot tall.”
Throughout the debate, “Republicans have rotated three other copies of the bill among their desks so a giant stack is never more than a desk or two away from any senator who wants to thump it, poke it or heft it for viewers to see.” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) even dropped to bill on his desk, to demonstrate how loudly it fell.
But today, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) opened the 11th day of Senate debate by arguing that the Senate bill was not long enough:
And we talk about 2,074 pages, which seem 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. So why is it only 2,074 pages?
Enzi went on to argue that the bill ceded too much authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, suggesting that Congress should define the details of certain provisions and make the bill even longer.