We poked around the versions of the health care law that were up for consideration and found older versions that included both appropriations and fund transfers, some of which made it to the final bill. The CRS report Bachmann cited may have compiled the appropriated funding information into an easy-to-understand format, but itís not as if the spending was approved secretly.
Steve Ellis of the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense said it was no secret: the Congressional Budget Office -- Congressí nonpartisan budget-analysis agency -- extensively detailed the spending in the bill.
"Iím not saying that everybody knew everything that was in the health care bill, because itís almost impossible to do that. But it was documented that the money was in there," Ellis said. "Shame on them if they didnít know that."