Ben Nelson Isn’t The Only Senator To Play “The Price Is Right”

Ben is ‘the guy’, just like Mary is ‘the girl’, that had the spotlight on them and the deals the senate leadership made to buy their votes were very public.  But what about all those other senators standing in line rubbing their grubby mitts together and panting?  Did you really think those were the only two kickbacks, and is this the best we can do as Americans to “reform” health care? If it is, then we have bigger problems than Barry and Mishy wasting our money on 24 ladies-in-waiting, and having pizza flown in, (but you already knew that).  The hypocrisy and corruption of our elected lawmakers is now on complete display with 1000 watt halogens illuminating the payoffs – and they still keep doing it on a bill that the majority of Americans are melting their phones lines over. What does that say?  I know I have said before that if America flips this congress, it will cut off Barry’s power to fundamentally transform this country into a second rate european socialist state.

From Politico:

Payoffs for states seal Senate deal

Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback,” as the GOP is calling it, got all the attention Saturday, but other senators lined up for deals as Majority Leader Harry Reid corralled the last few votes for a health reform package.

Nelson’s might be the most blatant – a deal carved out for a single state, a permanent exemption from the state share of Medicaid expansion for Nebraska, meaning federal taxpayers have to kick in an additional $45 million in the first decade.

But another Democratic holdout, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), took credit for $10 billion in new funding for community health centers, while denying it was a “sweetheart deal.” He was clearly more enthusiastic about a bill he said he couldn’t support just three days ago.

Nelson and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) carved out an exemption for non-profit insurers in their states from a hefty excise tax. Similar insurers in the other 48 states will pay the tax.

Vermont and Massachusetts were given additional Medicaid funding, another plus for Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.

All of this came on top of a $300 million increase for Medicaid in Louisiana, designed to win the vote of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Under pressure from the White House to get a deal done by Christmas, Reid was unapologetic. He argued that, by definition, legislating means deal making and defended the special treatment for Nelson’s home state of Nebraska.

“You’ll find a number of states that are treated differently than other states. That’s what legislating is all about. It’s compromise,” he said.

I am wondering how many laws this type of deal making for individual states under federal law is actually breaking.  Maybe the very intelligent Monster readers can answer that question.  Meanwhile, I predict they shove this through sometime on Monday or Tuesday and set up the powder keg called the Conference Committee between the Senate and the House because damn-it-all-to-hell, Nancy said she would have a Christmas Present for the American People!

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11 thoughts on “Ben Nelson Isn’t The Only Senator To Play “The Price Is Right””

  1. Diamond, I think you have a very likely scenario there. But Nasty Nancy can keep my Christmas present. I’m not too fond of the present that I have to pay for myself. Plus my children and grandchildren paying in their turn. As for how many laws have been broken, who knows. They come up with something new everyday before we can even research which laws they broke yesterday. If we could just put the whole crew in jail right now and rescind every deal that has been made since January 21, 2009 it would be an ideal situation. But barring a miracle of some kind I don’t see that happening.

    I’m freezing to death tonight and can’t sleep so I keep trying to convince myself that we are in the midst of a global warming. In addition to the furnace going full blast and an extra heating unit in my bedroom I’m still freezing and just wondering how those poor senators are making out with their cots in the building tonight. This frigid air in Washington should at least change some of their minds about Al Gore’s little farce. What thinks thou?

    • First – I don’t know if you heard Coburn’s speech today on the Senate floor. Someone did some number crunching and according to Mr. Coburn, 25 year olds and under (today) in twenty years will have a tax liability of $1,119,000.00 per person with an outlay of some $70,000 a year in taxes. How likely is that scenario without the dollar crashing and the American economy resetting sometime in the next 5 years?

      Secondly – I keep my personal opinion of global warming to myself – BUT I will tell you this, if the science I am following is correct – it’s going to get ALOT colder than anyone expects – so get ready. I am sorry to hear you are freezing your butt off – maybe time to move to Tucson or Sedona – I love Arizona and it is nice year round. (And people wonder why I moved to Hawaii with all its screwed up entitlement driven politicians).

    • Sorry to hear you’re freezing. It’s a balmy 28° here but at least the wind has died down and the snow has stopped. We should all feel snug and warm in the knowledge that our representatives are doing their jobs in our interests. 😉

  2. I just sent a 30 pieces of silver message to Nelson. With the great deals my own senators Leahy and Sanders are cutting my healthcare should be fantabulous, and I’ll need it to be in order to work hard enough to pay all the tax increases they’ll be sending my way. Vermont already sits near the top of the highest tax rate so what’s a little more burden for a good cause. 2010 and 2012 can’t come around soon enough.

  3. And I thought back room wheeling and dealing was a thing of the past. How naive of me. At least they used to try to hide it. These jay birds flaunt it.

  4. Dear Sen Reid and the Senate,

    In yuur self-serving way, you and other Democrats effectively gave comfort to the other side: the enemy, if you like.
    You gave them the ammunition by showing how you would limit debate. You gave ‘them’ the ammo by showing such hubris
    in pronouncing this deal complete by Christmas day. Why the necessity to ahve this complete by Christmas day? So you may
    vainly proclaim you helped the American people in 2010?

    Was that your reationale for Afganistan? Iraq? Allowing concessions in return for votes/
    Still chums with joesph Stali…i mean Lieberman? Lieberman is a pure example of sleaze.
    Let me guess, you respect him as a colleague right? is that like giving respect to the other drug dealer down the street?
    Or is it really that Senate Democrats are too timid to take on the ‘interests’ they claimed held the Bush White House hostage?
    or maybe, its more like, ‘with people I know, the rules dont apply.” and since you dont know me, the voter, how could you even empathize with me?

    Watch me pull the lever of any party but the DEMOCRATIC pary from now on. You abused my vote as an American. I will take like liberties by casting all of you DEMS out next year. TA TA.

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