The payoffs are in....
So much for "Change" in Washington DC...
They are still a bunch of bribe taking pigs with no sense of ethics.
There was of course the Louisiana Purchase: - It only took $300 million to buy off Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. She's proud of being bought to the point of bragging about it.
Senator Dodd of CT got $100 Million payoff for "a university hospital" (UCONN) .. Maybe they will name the building after him... they can call it Dodd's Palace of Bribes. He was in the tank for this healthcare bill anyway - so I don't see why they threw money at him. Harry Reid could have bought him off for much much less. As far as Sen. Lieberman.... his about face on healthcare is no surprise because he panders to his special interests. He cares not what this monstrosity will cost us and our children. Shame on him. If he had any integrity whatsoever, he would vote against this bill in future votes.
The Cornhusker Kickback - Sen. Ben Nelson got bought more cheaply - for a mere $45 million in Medicaid money and in the end, abortion provisions are still in the bill.
Senator Bernie Sanders, the "independent" from Vermont and the most liberal of senators, obtained $10 Billion (with a B) for community health centers after failing to get a government-backed public health insurance scheme in the bill. In fact:
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.Sen. Nelson and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) both 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. (so screw you remaining Senators...you got bupkis)
Minnesota Democrat Max Baucus, one of the main authors of the Senate bill, included in the legislation an expansion of Medicare to cover people exposed to asbestos from a Libby, Mont., mine. (Said Baucus in defending the provision: "The people of Libby were poisoned and have been dying for more than a decade.") Well... gee whiz Max, why have you waited 10 years to do anything about that? Doesn't your state's legislature know how to deal with those issues?
I am surprised other Senators aren't squawking that they didn't get as lucrative deals - perhaps they will hold out, as more votes are coming.
Procedural votes will take place on Tuesday morning at 7am – when a simple majority will vote to approve the healthcare package – and then at 1pm on Wednesday, according to rules that stipulate there must be 30 hours available for debating between votes.
The final vote on whether to pass the bill takes place on Thursday at 7pm, when Democrats will need all of their 58 and the two independent votes to reach the 60 required to pass the 100-seat Senate.
Although the bill’s passage is not yet guaranteed, all of the pieces are in place for Democrats to pass the bill.
This Senate vote was such an incredibly disgusting display.
venal \VEE-nuhl\, adjective:
1. Capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration; held for sale; purchasable.
2. Capable of being corrupted.
3. Marked by or associated with bribery and corrupt dealings.
Keep calling the Senate - let them know how you feel about this and their behavior.
Vote the bribe takers out in 2010.
This bill will surely bankrupt our children and our country and it IS the vehicle which WILL be used to usher in incremental steps to Universal Healthcare and a complete Nanny State - just like Britain has. The same system that is bankrupting their country and delivering substandard care with babies being born in elevators and people dying from rationed healthcare.
Heaven help this Republic.
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." -Alexis de Tocqueville