>>Buying congressmen and women is easy if the Price Is Right
Chuck Norris lists the known deals that were made. I have no doubt there were many more that are unknown. Now we have learned that there is to be no conference in merging the House and Senate Health Care Bills. A few players along with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will buy the votes necessary to get passage of this monster that Americans do not want. Along with being an unconstitutional grab for total power over the American people it is also turning out to be one of the greatest pork barrels ever passed. And I have no doubt that it will be passed by a bare majority of Democrats and a bought Republican or two. I have noticed however that several Democrats in both the House and Senate are deciding not to run for reelection in 2010. Senator Dodd who was one of the greatest engineers in the Financial Meltdown is not running again. He and the others however will vote for the Health Care Bill as one last spike in the heart of the American public. Crime and corruption will be their legacy and history will not forget them!
This health care pork round all started with Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who bragged about receiving a $300 million increase in Medicaid funding for her state (what some are calling the Second Louisiana Purchase), though it turned out that it was only $100 million. (Isn’t that a relief?)
Then there was the now infamous Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., who gained his 15 minutes of yuletide fame when he sold out his critical 60th vote to pass Obamacare by accepting a governmental bribe that covers Nebraska’s Medicare expansion costs to the tune of $100 million over the next 10 years.
Obama had told the AARP back on July 28 that he considered Medicare Advantage an example of “wasteful spending,” so you could bet Obamacare would reflect his commentary. And in a statement released after the Senate’s health care bill passed Dec. 24, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., confessed that he had a sweetheart deal made behind closed doors: “I was able to pass an amendment to the bill that excluded some 800,000 policyholders all across Florida from cuts to Medicare Advantage.”
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., finagled $600 million in additional Medicaid benefits for his state over 10 years.
Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad of North Dakota secured additional Medicare payments for their rural hospitals.
Referring to the increase in Medicare payments to eight medium-sized hospitals in his state, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa — chairman of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — openly confessed: “I fully admit that I was part of it. I put something in the bill that was particular to the state of Iowa. Yes, I did.”
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a primary architect of the legislation, secured extra Medicare benefits for select Montana residents.
The manager’s amendment singles out Democratic Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye’s home state of Hawaii as the only state to receive a disproportionate share hospital extension.
At the last minute, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., inserted a $100 million kickback in the bill to construct a new hospital for the University of Connecticut.
Most important is this question Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, posed to his colleagues: Who will pay for these special deals? “The answer,” he said, “is simple: every other state in the union.”….
In November 2010, all 435 House seats will be open for re-election, and one-third of the Senate seats will be open for re-election, as well. The time is now to eject the unconstitutional and corrupt congressmen, and it’s time to let them know what’s coming.