Reid’s Health Care Bill Sweetened for Landrieu and Nelson

November 20, 2009

(ChattahBox)—-ConservaDem Senators Mary Landrieu (LA), Ben Nelson (NE) and Blanche Lincoln (AR) have been threatening to vote against the procedural motion of cloture to even allow the Senate’s health reform bill to come to the Senate floor for debate. But in recent days, they have seemingly backtracked from their original positions and now seem willing to at least allow the historic health care reform legislation to proceed forward to the debate process. Why the change? Well, besides outrage from their own party, and a majority of their own constituents supporting a public option, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has dangled a couple of carrots in front of the obstructionist lawmakers.

For Mary Landrieu there is a provision in Reid’s health care reform bill providing $100 million in federal Medicaid aid to the suffering residents of the hurricane stricken state of Louisiana. The provision in the bill provides the expanded aid to states “that have suffered a natural disaster in the last seven years. Landrieu’s State of Louisiana is the only state that falls under that definition.

For Nelson, Reid left out of the bill, a measure to end the anti-trust exemptions for the insurance industry, despite Reid’s strong support for doing away with the exemptions. Nelson came out publicly in opposition to ending the anti-trust exemptions awarded years ago to health insurance companies.

According to Talking Points Memo, the next logical question: is what sweetener was added for Sen. Lincoln?

The historic vote on Reid’s health care reform bill to bring the legislation to the Senate floor for debate, is scheduled for Saturday at 8:PM.


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