How Much is a Vote Worth?

When it is your money Congress is spending, there is no limit. Care to guess how much Sen. Mary Landrieu want’s for a yes vote for health insurance reform?

Try $100 million.

On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”

The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that “during the preceding 7 fiscal years” have been declared a “major disaster area.”

I am told the section applies to exactly one state: Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu, who has been playing hard to get on the health care bill.

In other words, the bill spends two pages describing would could be written with a single world: Louisiana. (This may also help explain why the bill is long.)

No kidding.

This falls under the category of saving or creating a health insurance reform bill.

Change you can believe in.

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