A measly $100 million? This was the great principle that Nelson was fighting for:
Nebraska will receive $100 million in assistance for its state Medicaid program under provisions negotiated by Sen. Ben Nelson (D) in the Senate’s healthcare reform bill….
Nelson managed to win a share of the section of the manager’s amendment on Equitable Support for Certain States, which will provide Nebraska, along with Massachusetts and Vermont, support in paying its share of additional costs to Medicaid in the health legislation….
“Well, you know, look, I didn’t ask for a special favor here. I didn’t ask for a carve-out,” Nelson said. “What I said is the governor of Nebraska has contacted me, he said publicly he’s having trouble with the budget. This will add to his budget woes. And I said, look, we have to have that fixed.”
After months of delay, months of grandstanding, it comes down to $100 million. We should have just cut a check months ago, and saved all the bother.
Principle, my ass.