Obamacare- Favors For Holdout State Senators
Senator Harry Reid
Senator Harry Reid - King of Dirty Tricks?
Washington DC is in the midst of a terrible snowstorm and a snow emergency was declared at 7 AM this Saturday morning. That's not stopping Harry Reid for calling for a vote on the healthcare bill at 1 AM tonight, allowing the Senators the minimum requirement of 36 hours for the bill to be read. He had promised 72 hours, but following his traditional behavior his word meant nothing. The bill is 2074 pages, so the Senate must be full of speed readers for them to even have a clue as to what they are voting for or against. Maybe the snow is a sign from God? Nothing else has slowed them down to a reasonable pace, although it seems the snow won't interfere either.
Nebraska's Hero - Nelson
Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska -longest holdout
Last Tuesday Harry Reid urged the Senate to reject an amendment Ben Nelson proposed to ban abortion coverage in the health care bill for fear that it would scuttle the health care bill. Federal tax dollars are not supposed to be used to cover abortions. If this coverage remains in the bill it will end up in front of the Supreme Court as it goes against the language in Roe VS Wade.
How was Senator Nelson pressured or bribed to change his vote? Rumor has it a Senate aide stated that Obama threatened to put Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson didn't change his mind. Offutt is home of the 55th Wing, the Fighting' Fifty-Fifth and a variety of tenant units. Every branch of the military is represented with approximately 10,000 military and federal employees. This is the major defense of the northern half of the USA. So, we must conclude that Obama is willing to jeopardize our defense to get what he wants.
Next, the states of Nebraska,Vermont and others will receive special treatment that will cost all other states money, which means you the taxpayer. Nelson got a sweetheart deal for being the last holdout on the vote. The federal government will permanently pay 100 percent of the cost to expand Medicaid in Nebraska with no state input, That means FOREVER. And Mary Lamdrieu thought she got a good deal.
Vermont's Bernie Sanders
Senator Bernie Sanders- Vermont
A short time ago Bernie Sanders wasn't really on board with the die hard liberals, but suddenly he is all smiles and Vermont is smiling too. He is now in support of the bill and his state will receive additional Medicaid funding for six years and $10 billion for communtiy health centers. Now, he has something to crow about while the rest of the states will absorb the extra taxes. That's right, You and Me Again!
Senator Mary Landrieu
Democrats Ignore American People's Opposition to Health Care Bill
Louisiana Puchase II
Louisiana is another one of those fortunate states. They will be receiving $100 million supposedly to help Katrina victims and blah, blah, blah. Senator Harry Reid himself drafted this complicated bill in language that no one understands. This money was orginally earmarked for all those affected by Katrina, which would include Mississippi, Alabama and a portion of Florida. Another vote was soundly purchased.
View on How Americans Feel About the Bill
Republicans on the News
Republican are vowing to do everything they can to stop this bill. It was not done in a bipartisan fashion, not was it even available for the Republicans to see until now. It was hardly transparent! I have not even listed all the deals that I've read about. Polls clearly show Americans are against this bill. The bill cuts Medicare, Hospice, and Home Health Care to name just a few.
The methods used to obtain votes are so underhanded I can't even think of printable words to describe by distain. I hope all of these Senators know they probably don't have a shot at being re-elected, no matter how much tarp money gets thrown out next year to create jobs and boast the economy. You'd better believe they have a plan to win their seats back and more. I don't ever remember an administration that was this underhanded.
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