• How to Steal $100,000,000

      Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was a swing vote on passing health care in the Senate, so he demanded, and got, a provision in the Senate bill that takes $100 million from taxpayers all over the country and gives it to the state of Nebraska. But of course the bill doesn't just say "give $100 million to Nebraska." On page 2,129 of the Senate health care bill, you'll find the Congress-speak translation of that:

      Notwithstanding subsection (b) and paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, the Federal medical assistance percentage otherwise determined under subsection (b) with respect to all or any portion of a fiscal year that begins on or after January 1, 2017, for the State of Nebraska, with respect to amounts expended for newly eligible individuals described in subclause (VIII) of section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i), shall be determined as provided for under subsection (y)(1)(A) (notwithstanding the period provided for in such paragraph).

      I must admit, I did not go to "subclause (VIII) of section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)" and compare it to "subsection (y)(1)(A)" to determine if the difference in the accounting methods was $100 million, as has been reported.

      When the Senator’s money grab was caught, Nelson blamed "partisans mainly interested in finding any way to derail health reform." He claimed that he asked for the provision "not to ask for a special deal but for a fair deal that should be open to all states."

      He really wanted was a "fair deal for all states"? Give me a break.

      The bad news: even though people noticed this "Cornhusker Kickback", and Senator Nelson repudiated it, it is still in the bill that the House sent to President Obama for signing.

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