Monday, December 21, 2009

Who Got What... The Selling of Our Liberty

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., won between $100 million and $300 million in additional federal aid for her state's Medicaid population. The deal, secured before she cast her critical vote in favor of bringing the health bill to the floor, was immediately dubbed the "Louisiana Purchase," though the actual Louisiana Purchase was considerably cheaper.

Nebraska's Sen. Ben Nelson won permanent federal aid for his state's expanded Medicaid population, a benefit worth up to $100 million over 10 years. Other states get the federal aid for three years, but Nebraska's benefit is indefinite.

CALIFORNIA: $300 million

AARP Received $18 Million



Chris Dodd (D-CT) got 100 MILLION

Vermont and Massachusetts will get special treatment by the feds in covering Medicaid expansion costs.

nonprofit insurance companies will be exempt from a new, nearly $7 billion tax to pay for Demcare. Democrat Sens. Ben “Blank Check” Nelson and Carl Levin of Michigan pushed hard for the tax exemption, which will exempt insurers in their states.

Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming will see an increase in Medicare payments to hospitals and doctors

Increase Medicare payments to certain “low-volume hospitals” treating limited numbers of Medicare patients in Iowa, Connecticut and Michigan

250 MILLION to Vermont for Clinics

Three statesPennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.”

According to BIGGOVERNMENT ACORN qualifies for funding

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered a vigorous defense Monday of the deals in the Senate reform bill that benefit individual states, saying ‘it doesn’t speak well’ of senators who didn’t secure such deals …”

It’s all about the payoffs.

Ben Nelson sells his health care vote to Harry Reid - Examiner
Louisiana Purchase, Part Deux - Statesman Journal
Health bill money for hospital sought by Dodd - AP
Deep in Health Bill, Very Specific Beneficiaries - New York Times
The Wages of Sin (Or, What the 60 Got) – National Review Online
The Demcare Bribe List – Michelle Malkin
Cash for Cloture: Demcare bribe list, Pt. I & II - Michelle Malkin

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