The latest version of the health care bill was released yesterday, and as stated in yesterday’s blog, is worse than previous versions.
It keeps half of the ObamaCare taxes, 10 of the 12 regulations, and bails out the insurance companies. It even adds $120 billion in new spending.
And, it, of course, doesn’t repeal Obamacare, at all!
But it also bribes individual states to help secure their Senators’ votes.
Like ObamaCare, which included the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ and the ‘Louisiana Purchase’, this bill includes appropriations that apply to only a few states, and in a few cases, only one.
Christopher Jacobs at The Federalist wrote about 5 of the backroom deals in this latest version of the bill.
Three of the deals benefit Alaska, where Senator Lisa Murkowski has declined to support the deal because federal funding of Planned Parenthood has been cut.
In one provision, a guaranteed amount of funding is reserved from the so-called stability fund, aka the insurance company bailouts, to states where premiums are at least 75% higher than the national average. Only one state qualifies; Alaska.
Then there is a provision that reduces a state’s Medicaid funding if it requires counties to contribute to Medicaid funding. There is only one state this applies to; New York. Congressmen from upstate New York have wanted this.
Seven years ago, when ObamaCare was originally passed, Republicans decried the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ and the ‘Louisiana Purchase.’
Now that Republicans are in power, not only are they going back on their word to repeal ObamaCare, they are using the same techniques to buy votes as the Democrats.
America’s Liberty PAC encourages you to call your Senator at 202-224-3121 and demand they oppose anything other than a full repeal of ObamaCare.