Sen Harry (Bob Barker) Reid’s Senate (Let’s make a Deal) No, The Price Is Right

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Interesting Provisions That Recently Appeared In Senate Health Bill
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$100,000,000 For “Health Care Facility” “At A Public Research University In The United States That Contains A State’s Sole Public Academic Medical And Dental School.” “(a) APPROPRIATION.—There are authorized to be appropriated, and there are appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, to remain available for obligation until September 30, 2011, to be used for debt service on, or direct construction or renovation of, a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services. Such facility shall be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States that contains a State’s sole public academic medical and dental school.” (Manager’s Amendment To H.R. 3590, Pg. 328)

NEBRASKA
“As Part Of The Deal To Win Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson’s Support, The Federal Government Will Fund Nebraska’s New Medicaid Recipients.” (“Ben Nelson’s Medicaid Deal,” Politico, 12/19/09)

“In Addition To The Medicaid Carve Out, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) Negotiated An Exemption From The Insurance Tax For Non-Profit Insurers Based In His State. The Language Was Written In A Way That Only Mutual Of Omaha Insurance Company, As Well As Blue Cross Blue Shield Nonprofit Plans In Nebraska and Michigan, would qualify, according to a Democratic Senate aide.” (“Nelson Wins Insurance Tax Exemption, Too,” Politico, 12/19/09)

VERMONT
“The Health Care Overhaul Taking Shape In Congress Includes A Provision Pushed By Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy To Increase The State’s Medicaid Payments By $250 Million Over Six Years. The Provision, Also Supported By Sen. Bernie Sanders, Is Included In An Amendment Of Negotiated Provisions Offered By Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid On Saturday. The bill would require all states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover more low-income individuals and would increase Medicaid payments to cover the expansion. Leahy, Sanders and others have argued that Vermont would have been penalized because it already has expanded its coverage.” (“Health Bill Boosts Vt. Medicaid Payments,” The Associated Press, 12/19/09)

FLORIDA
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Negotiated A Deal To Grandfather Medicare Advantage Enrollees In Florida. “A fiery John McCain took to the Senate floor to offer a health care amendment — and tweaked Bill Nelson in the process. The Arizona Republican said his amendment would send the Senate health care bill back to committee to grandfather in all enrollees in the Medicare Advantage programs — Nelson and a number of Democrats successfully negotiated grandfather clauses for seniors in their states in exchange for supporting the bill.” (“John McCain Takes On Bill Nelson,” The Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” Blog, 12/7/09)

57 Democrats Vote To Defend Special Deal For Florida Medicare Advantage Program. (S.Amdt.2961 To H.R.3590, Roll Call Vote #370, Motion To Recommit Failed 42-57: R: 40-0; D 2-55; I 0-2, 12/8/09)

LOUISIANA
“And Reid Already Has Established A Dangerous Precedent, By Dangling $300 Million In Medicaid Funding For Louisiana To Win Landrieu’s Support For Bringing The Bill To The Senate Floor. Months Earlier, Reid Had Carved Out His Own Medicaid Exemption For Nevada. One addition he made to the Senate bill, an increase in the Medicare payroll tax for high earners, has raised concerns with Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (Maine). Snowe, the only Republican who has been at least somewhat supportive of Democratic reform efforts, cited its potential to harm small businesses.” (“Reid’s Recipe For Getting Health-Care Deal Done,” The Washington Post, 12/4/09)

MONTANA
“The Secretary Shall Establish A Pilot Program In Accordance With This Subsection To Provide Innovative Approaches To Furnishing Comprehensive, Coordinated, And Cost-Effective Care Under This Title To Individuals Described In Paragraph … [An Individual] Is An Environmental Exposure Affected Individual Described In Subsection (E)(2) Who Resides In Or Around The Geographic Area Subject To An Emergency Declaration Made As Of June 17, 2009.” ‘‘(A) PRIMARY PILOT PROGRAM.—The Secretary shall establish a pilot program in accordance with this subsection to provide innovative approaches to furnishing comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective care under this title to individuals described in paragraph (2)(A). … ‘‘(2) INDIVIDUAL DESCRIBED.—For purposes of paragraph (1), an individual described in this paragraph is an individual who enrolls in part B, submits to the Secretary an application to participate in the applicable pilot program under this subsection, and— ‘‘(A) is an environmental exposure affected individual described in subsection (e)(2) who resides in or around the geographic area subject to an emergency declaration made as of June 17, 2009.” (Manager’s Amendment To H.R. 3590, Pg. 195-196)

• “On June 17, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Issued A Public Health Emergency (PHE) Finding At The Libby Asbestos Superfund Site In Northwest Montana. Over The Past Several Years, Hundreds Of Cases Of Asbestos-Related Disease Have Been Documented In The Communities Of Libby And Nearby Troy.” (EPA Website, Accessed 12/19/09)

11 Comments

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  2. I’m shocked… shocked! that a politician is playing politics with other politicians for political purposes!

    Also… Believe it or not, but NASA is shooting some taxpayer-funded assets right up into space!

  3. Nangleator:
    I’m shocked… shocked! that a politician is playing politics with other politicians for political purposes!

    Also… Believe it or not, but NASA is shooting some taxpayer-funded assets right up into space!

    You wouldn’t have the computers of today without NASA.

  4. I was being a bit silly. I think NASA’s budget should be inflated tenfold. I’m at least partially aware of the myriad of benefits we daily reap from the Apollo program and others.

    One of the smaller reasons I voted against McCain was something he said in one of the debates. Something like, “We’ll fund the science we know will benefit us.”

    Sounds reasonable, if you don’t think about it too much. If you do, you realize that if that was the prevailing human spirit, we’d still be looking for funding to develop the wheel.

  5. The more I see this list, the more I get sick. On the one hand I know that these deals are part of how Washington works. Always has and probably always will. However, it’s the totality of this bill. The broken promises regarding transparency (promises from Obama and Dems in Congress), the fact that clearly most Americans don’t want it. The fact that they ONLY way they could get their 60 votes was to cut deals.

    It just stinks.

  6. Nangleator:
    I was being a bit silly. I think NASA’s budget should be inflated tenfold. I’m at least partially aware of the myriad of benefits we daily reap from the Apollo program and others.

    One of the smaller reasons I voted against McCain was something he said in one of the debates. Something like, “We’ll fund the science we know will benefit us.”

    My F-I-L worked for NASA for about 35 years. He had worked for the Corps of Engineers, built a NASA Facility, and transferred to them. But NASA would put out this yearly magazine called “Spin-Offs”. It was unbelievable the amount of things that got commercialized later. The hand held video camera was developed for Apollo for one. You see what’s out there now in HD and weighs next to nothing, versus the 35 pounder sent to the moon. I remember being in Disney World in the 80′s and the people had belts on with batteries.

    Sounds reasonable, if you don’t think about it too much. If you do, you realize that if that was the prevailing human spirit, we’d still be looking for funding to develop the wheel.

  7. JHTRazor:“The fact that they ONLY way they could get their 60 votes was to cut deals. “

    Are you just now noticing how legislation is crafted in Congress, regardless of which party is in power, including both the deals and behind closed doors?

    What really disturbs me is the power of the wealthy special interests to bribe our Congressional representatives with campaign contributions, and for these same people to actually write the legislation. Until we solve that problem, we will always have special interests actually running Congress. Both parties are guilty as charged!

  8. Perry:
    JHTRazor:“The fact that they ONLY way they could get their 60 votes was to cut deals. “

    Are you just now noticing how legislation is crafted in Congress, regardless of which party is in power, including both the deals and behind closed doors?

    What really disturbs me is the power of the wealthy special interests to bribe our Congressional representatives with campaign contributions, and for these same people to actually write the legislation. Until we solve that problem, we will always have special interests actually running Congress. Both parties are guilty as charged!

    Perry, you are trying to console yourself that BO is a super DUD. Hope and Change – Forget it. Transparency – a 2 inch thick piece of lead is more transparent. No Lobbyist – You explained that. BiPartisanship – Locked doors in the Senate Dem Room. No earmarks – promise broken in seconds. Fiscal Responsibility – Bush was a pauper. We tried to tell you BO was a DUD, he and his ultra-partisan Congress are all duds. And the Blue Dog Dems – Rapid partisans and sellouts. I knew this guy would be bad news, but it’s the worst of all news and only going to go downhill from here.

  9. JHTRazor:
    The more I see this list, the more I get sick. On the one hand I know that these deals are part of how Washington works. Always has and probably always will. However, it’s the totality of this bill. The broken promises regarding transparency (promises from Obama and Dems in Congress), the fact that clearly most Americans don’t want it. The fact that they ONLY way they could get their 60 votes was to cut deals.

    It just stinks.

    You know what, this may have been the inadvertant transparency we weren’t to see, but we got to see Congress at its worst, and that may have been good.

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