By Wyatt Earp | November 20, 2009
Wow, you folks in Louisiana sure have it tough. First, the city of New Orleans is nearly swallowed by Hurricane Katrina. Then, the Saints go on an undefeated run, which with your luck, will end with a loss against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, your senator literally sold herself and her ObamaCare vote for $100 million.
What does it take to get a wavering senator to vote for health care reform? Here’s a case study.
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.) Senator Harry Reid, who drafted the bill, cannot pass it without the support of Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu.
How much does it cost? According to the Congressional Budget Office: $100 million. (H/T – Gateway Pundit)
I wonder if she’ll receive her payment in silver?
The sad part is that most folks in Louisiana won’t care. They will be reaping the benefits of this corruption almost immediately.