Nelson's Nebraska Healthcare Deal: A "Marker" To Be "Fixed" With Handouts For All States!
Nebraska's Senator Ben "gimme-a-hand-out-and-I'll-do-anything" Nelson has asked South Carolina's GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster to "call off the dogs." McMaster is leading thirteen Republican state attorneys general who are threatening legal action against the Senate health care bill. Senator Nelson's murky backroom dealing asking for a big government hand-out for Nebraska led to his vote, the 60th and last one needed, to pass Senator Harry Reid's healthcare reform in the Senate in December.
Now under political pressure from Nebraskans, Nelson is concocting explanations for his questionable deal while asking the thirteen attorneys general to back off from their intended legal action against this shady legislative manipulation. According to McMaster's Chief of Staff Trey Walker, "Senator Nelson told the attorney general that it was simply a 'marker' placed in the U.S. Senate version of the bill" and that "Senator Nelson said it would be 'fixed' by extending the Cornhusker Kickback (100% federal payment) on Medicaid to every state."
A "marker?" How nice of Nelson to consider kickbacks for all the other 49 states. Is this your idea of a "fix," Senator? Why stop there?
Perhaps Senator Ben Nelson should ask for big government to apply his tax-and-spend financial concept to ALL the future spending needs of all the states! Would that work as your new fiscal policy marker, Senator Nelson?