In case you’re counting, it’s been nearly 72 hours since Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that he had successfully merged together the health care bills produced by the Finance and HELP Committees.  He was sending the product to CBO for a score.

So where’s the bill?

To date, not one piece of legislative language has been released.  This bill will likely fall into the 1000 page-plus range.  Taxpayers have a right to know what is in the bill.  All Americans should have been able to read the contents of this legislative breakthrough from the moment Reid announced it.

Oh, there is one detail that has leaked out: one of Max Baucus‘ many tax hikes has grown in the Reid bill.  The $400 per employee health mandate excise tax on employers is now $750 per employee.

I would love to be able to give a more complete analysis, but there’s no bill to read.

So much for a post-partisan and transparent Congress.