SOLD! Senator Ben Nelson's Bribe...

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Scataphagos, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. We’ll be blunt. The ‘health care reform’ legislation under consideration in the Senate is the most corrupt piece of legislation in our nation’s history. Yes, we understand that is a strong statement and there have been other abominations throughout our nation’s life. But never before did corrupt legislation threaten to radically and forever change the live’s of every American.

    Exhibit A is the outright bribe extracted by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Corn Huckster State) from Sen. Harry Reid. As a result of Nelson’s performance in his role of Hamlet in the health care deliberations, we will have two health care systems in this country; one for Nebraska and one for the other 49 states.

    In its quixotic attempt to ensure everyone has health insurance, the Reid legislation greatly expands Medicaid eligibility. Because Medicaid is a program whose costs are split between the federal and state governments, this expansion in eligibility raise costs dramatically for states. States will be forced to either raise taxes or cut other services to accommodate the forced increase in Medicaid spending.

    Unless that state is Nebraska.

    Below is the text for Nelson’s bribe. Under this language the federal government will forever cover the costs of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska. Taxpayers in every other state will forever be responsible for the expanded Medicaid program in Nebraska.

    Outrageous doesn’t do justice to describe this situation. Sen. Nelson also secured an exemption from a new insurance tax for non-profit companies in his state. Mutual of Omaha and Nebraska’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield won’t have to pay a tax other companies will be required to pay.

    There is next to nothing honest about the entire health care debate anymore. The current legislative text was released just hours ago. The first votes are expected within hours. The health care sector accounts for 1/7th of our economy. And the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” will have just hours to consider its radical transformation. However much they say the legislation will cost, don’t believe it. Rarely has a bill been so manipulated to hide its true cost.

    Consider this from the most recent CBO estimate of the cost of the legislation:

    These longer-term calculations assume that the provisions are enacted and remain unchanged throughout the next two decades, which is often not the case for major legislation. For example, the sustainable growth rate (SGR) mechanism governing Medicare’s payments to physicians has frequently been modified (either through legislation or administrative action) to avoid reductions in those payments, and legislation to do so again is currently under consideration in the Congress.

    And this,

    The legislation would maintain and put into effect a number of procedures that might be difficult to sustain over a long period of time. Under current law and under the proposal, payment rates for physicians’ services in Medicare would be reduced by about 21 percent in 2010 and then decline further in subsequent years.

    (Hey, American Medical Association, how’s that endorsement of this bill working for you?)

    And, this gem:

    It is unclear whether such a reduction in the growth rate could be achieved, and if so, whether it would be accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or would reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.

    Soon, 60 Senators will vote for this.

  2. There would be justice if say, 30,000,000 seniors moved to Nebraska... not only to take advantage of this plum, but to shine a light on such criminal greed.
  3. You would think that its unconstitutional to treat a state differently from other states when it comes to getting Federal Funds.
  4. Why would that matter?

    When the Peolosi CUNT was asked about the Constitutionality of this power grab, her only response was, "Are you serious? Are you serious?"
  5. Only if some body sues the government and the SC declares it illegal.
  6. "Like a mackerel in the moonlight, he both shines ( in Nebraska) and stinks ( everywhere else). "

    forgot whose quote.
  7. Mav88


    The left always does the most damage, because they sweep everyone into their stupid social schemes and the costs are always way more than they say at the beginning, and way more than anything the republicans have cost us with their stupid spending. Medicare + Medicaid + SSI = $60 Trillion unfunded mandate, now they want to ADD to, not cure, this misery with more government programs.

    It is interesting that the democrats on this board don't seem to give two shits about the destruction of the american economy, not to mention the inevitable trader tax they know that democrats are pushing. When it comes right down to it, they would rather we all be miserable than let any conservative have their way. It's pretty much how politics works, hate is powerful.