A passage that I couldn’t resist sharing after stumbling upon it …
The standards shall ensure that the summary is presented in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner and utilizes terminology understandable by the average plan enrollee.
This is a quote from Title 1 of the Affordable Care Act – the part that outlines the “DEVELOPMENT AND UTILIZATION OF UNIFORM EXPLANATION OF COVERAGE DOCUMENTS AND STANDARDIZED DEFINITIONS.”
I would strongly suggest that something similar could be found in a variety of bills. The requirement is essentially a “common language” or “no legalese” clause. It just smacks of some obvious irony that a federal version of this mandate would include so many multi-syllable words – ultimately disqualifying itself for inclusion in the very document being developed.
It’s moments like this that I wish I had a hotline to Washington Monthly’s Charles Peters.