The Worm Turns

Back in July we looked at the details of an onerous provision hidden deep inside the recent health-care bill. It was a little booby-trap requiring that businesses file 1099-MISC forms for all purchases over $600 — mandating an enormous compliance burden on small businesses, in an effort to bleed enough private-sector money into the public fisc to make Democratic claims about Obamacare’s deficit-neutrality a smidge less mendacious. (Visit the link above to see how the sleight-of-hand was done: the provision was not inserted directly into the bill, but was discreetly slipped in as a reference to modifications in a completely different piece of legislation.)

Nobody seems to have noticed this “popcorn surprise” before the health-care bill was passed, and now many of the bill’s Democratic supporters have joined Republicans in an effort to remove it. A parliamentary maneouvre by Nancy Pelosi stymied the effort in the House, but today the Senate is having a go.

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One Comment

  1. the one eyed man says

    Something wrong with popcorn surprise? It’s the main staple of my social life. Along with “Come In, Rangoon.”

    Posted September 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink