Visualizing HR 3962: Affordable Health Care for America Act

Below is a visual of the top 500 words used in HR 3962: Affordable Health Care for America Act. Since most people (including many of our representatives in Washington) haven’t read all 1,990 pages of the Health Care Reform Bill, I thought a visual aid might be helpful.

I had been thinking of creating the word cloud of the Bill since it was introduced on October 29, 2009, however, yesterday a couple of tweets by Vince Kuraitis caught my eye and I finally got around to creating the HR 3962 Wordle Cloud this morning. Vince’s tweets looked into the word count of a couple of key words in the Bill. His tweets:

  • @VinceKuraitis “medical home” referenced 67 times in latest House #healthreform leg
  • @VinceKuraitis “pilot program” referenced 106 times in latest #healthreform leg — lots of experimentation

In creating the cloud I was able to look at the use of some other words in the Bill. Here is what I found:

  • Privacy referenced 28 times
  • Insurance referenced 552 times
  • Physician referenced 182 times
  • Hospital referenced 330 times
  • Consumer referenced 36 times
  • Consumer-directed referenced 1 time
  • Consumer-oriented referenced 1 time

Click graphic for larger/clearer version. Thanks to Wordle (www.wordle.net) for the cloud.