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Web site offers ability to listen to health care bill online

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The proposed health care reform bill making its way through Congress is stirring quite a bit of debate. A new website is helping people stay informed.

The bill is more than 1,000 pages long; finding time to read it in our hectic lives is unlikely, but we can still stay educated. A group of voice actors made it possible for us to hear the bill on the go.

As a multifaceted voice actor for nearly twenty years, Chris Mezzolesta jumped at the chance to voice-over part of the health care bill working its way through Congress.

He’s one of 80 actors worldwide who volunteered to create an audio version of the proposal so Americans can form educated opinions about our government at work.

Unlike some characters he’s played in the past, this is a serious role, and one Mezzolesta finds especially important.

“We’re wondering how many people who are doing the screaming have really read the bill. So we thought it was a good idea to get it out there in a non-judgmental form, with no opinion, no agenda, no politics, no nothing, here is the information,” Mezzolesta said.

Two voice actors pitched the idea in a Facebook conversation and posted it on their voice-acting forum to rally the troops.

You can read along to the audio version of the bill on HearTheBill.org or download it to a media player and listen to it on the go.

“We’re trying to make it easier for people who may not be able to take it in other ways to get that information and really digest it and just put it out there and hopefully we’ll have more informed decisions and more informed discourse,” Mezzolesta said.

As the bill is amended in Congress, the voice actors will be updating the changes on the site.

In just three weeks, Chris Mezzolesta says the website has already gotten more than 200,000 hits.

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videoThe proposed health care reform bill making its way through Congress is stirring quite a bit of debate. A new website is helping people stay informed.

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