Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The "B" Word

I used to be proud of my home state--Nebraska.

Great college football
Low unemployment
Wonderful schools
Affordable living

Now I'm embarrassed that Senator Ben Nelson (D, Nebraska) has made such a sleazy deal in exchange for his yes vote on the health care bill, that the selling of his vote has been dubbed the "Cornhusker Kickback".

But, of course, Gentle Ben is not alone. Seems this bill that is opposed by 67% of the public is being passed by 60 Democrat Senators after a series of backroom deals. Here are a few that have been made public:

Landrieu: $300 million for her home state of Louisiana for additional Medicaid benefits (Louisiana Purchase)
Dodd: $100 million for a new hospital in Connecticut
Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming: Higher Medicare payments to hospitals and doctors
Iowa: Higher Medicare payments to hospitals
Vermont (and other yet-to-be-named states): $10 billion for free medical clinics
Pennsylvania, New York and Florida: Protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries even though beneficiaries in other states will face cuts

Pronunciation: \ˈbrīb\
Function: noun

1 : money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust
2 : something that serves to induce or influence

P.S. I don't know whether to applaud my current Dem Sen (Claire McCaskill) for not making the list, or encourage her to get in line and get some of the goodies before they're all gone.

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