NPR: I cant (unintelligible) youve asked the South Carolina attorney general to look into a deal that secured the 60th vote from Democrat senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska in favor of ending debate on the health care bill; isnt that just Senate wheeling and dealing ah normal way things are done?This transcript doesn't put across the snarkiness of the NPR reporter's tone.
Senator Graham: Well, you know, its OK for a senator from any state to advocate for that state. Once the Federal Government puts money on the table in an appropriate fashion, its OK to go get your fair share. What I dont think is OK is for a senator to basically agree to a bill that increases taxes on 49 states and say I will vote for that bill if youll exempt my state. Thats crossing the line.
NPR: Because Nebraska got an exemption
Sen. Nelson: Yeah. Basically the bill expands Medicade eligibility to 133% above poverty. In my state of South Carolina therell be about 500,000 new enrollees if this bill becomes law. Its a billion-dollar increase in terms of the matching requirement for South Carolina; that billion dollars comes from the citizens of my state and the problem I have is that its a burden that we cant afford to bear. Its going to be passed on to every other state except Nebraska.
NPR: But is is asking the South Carolina Attorney General to look into it is that a a very dramatic form of press release, or do you really expect a criminal investigation
Sen. Graham: Well no, I think its a legitimate issue, and to exempt one state, I think, raises a constitutional issue It certainly doesnt pass the smell test.
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I called my US senators and it was an exercise in futility. Why won't Senators tell constituents the reasons why they couldn't get the same deals other lawmakers got for their states?
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LA Times | Jim Davenport / FR Posted by freespirited, 12/22/09
The top prosecutors in seven states are probing the constitutionality of a political deal that cut a funding break for Nebraska in order to pass a federal health care reform bill, South Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday.
Attorney General Henry McMaster said he and his counterparts in Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, North Dakota, Texas and Washington state are jointly taking a look at the deal they've dubbed the "Nebraska compromise."
"The Nebraska compromise, which permanently exempts Nebraska from paying Medicaid costs that Texas and all other 49 states must pay, may violate the United States Constitution as well as other provisions of federal law," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said... Nebraska wasn't alone in getting Medicaid breaks. Vermont, Louisiana and Massachusetts also got help with their programs.
Along with Texas, officials in Washington, Alabama, Colorado and Michigan confirmed they were working with McMaster.
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he wasn't sure what could be done while the federal legislation remained under debate. Officials in the other states did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Tennessee's Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey called for his state's attorney general to investigate the deal. McMaster is encouraging a South Carolina citizen to step forward to sue to challenge the measure if it is signed into law. "We'll assist anyone to the extent that we're able," McMaster said. (Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...