Cornhusker Kickback: Dems Give Nebraska Special "Lifetime" Medicaid Break For Nelson's Vote (Video)
Bought and Paid For–
Democrats bought off Senator Nelson’s vote with a special Medicaid break for the State of Nebraska that will last forever.
While most states will struggle with the rising costs of Medicaid under the democrat’s plan, Nebraska will be the lone exception… forever.
It looks like the rest of the 49 states are just suckers.
** “As part of the deal to win Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson’s support, the federal government will fund Nebraska’s new Medicaid recipients. It’s a provision worth about $45 million over the first decade.” (Chris Frates, “Ben Nelson’s Medicaid deal,” Politico, 12/19/09)
** “Reid already has established a dangerous precedent, by dangling $300 million in Medicaid funding for Louisiana to win Landrieu’s support for bringing the bill to the Senate floor.” (Shailagh Murray, “Reid’s recipe for getting health-care deal done,” Washington Post, 12/04/09)
** Senator Mary Landrieu “walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote – and to trumpet the financial ‘fix’ she had arranged for Louisiana. ‘I am not going to be defensive,’ she declared. ‘And it’s not a $100 million fix. It’s a $300 million fix.’” (Dana Milbank, “Sweeteners for the South,” Washington Post, 11/22/09)
** “By the time this thing is done, the millions for Louisiana will look like a bargain.” (Dana Milbank, “Sweeteners for the South,” Washington Post, 11/22/09)
** “Reid had carved out his own Medicaid exemption for Nevada.” (Shailagh Murray, “Reid’s recipe for getting health-care deal done,” Washington Post, 12/04/09)
** “[Senator Max] Baucus has modified the bill to spare Nevada and three other states, and [Senator Harry] Reid, who faces a potentially difficult race for re-election next year, is taking credit for getting a ‘major increase’ in federal money for his state … only four states meet the criteria: Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Rhode Island … The changes came at the expense of other states … which would see significant increases in state Medicaid spending under the new formula.” (Robert Pear, “Majority Leader Protects Home State,” New York Times, 9/28/09)
** “Senators Charles Schumer of New York, Bill Nelson of Florida and Ron Wyden of Oregon are among those who secured special provisions shielding constituents from [Medicare Advantage] cuts. [Senator Bob] Casey says he wants ‘very comparable’ protections for his state …” (Brian Faler, “Obama’s Planned Medicare Cuts Distress Some Democrats,” Bloomberg, 12/03/09)
Still More… Big Government has the text for Nelson’s bribe.
Americans for Tax Reform has a list of the tax hikes in the democrat’s bill.