Senate for Sale

If your Democrat Senator voted yes on Obamacare for less than $45 million, your state got ripped off.  This was what it took to get Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska to shed his conscience and vote for an Obamacare bill that includes taxpayer funding for abortion.

In exchange for Nelson’s vote, Sen. Reid put a provision in the Democrat healthcare bill to make the other 49 states pick up Nebraska’s Medicaid costs forever.  This is what it took to bring about a reversal of Nelson’s earlier heroic stance against a bill that will reverse years of US policy and force every American to pay for abortion.  Nelson joins Landrieu from Louisiana and Lieberman from Connecticut who have each taken payouts for a yes vote on Obamacare.

You might be wishing that your Senator was as crafty as Nelson, or that he or she would hold out until the Democrat leadership offered your state a multi-million dollar buyout.   The only problem is that buying votes through favorable  legislation is unconstitutional.

Article I, Section 8:

…all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Article IV, Section 2:

The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states.

Article II, Section 4:

The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Back to reality, I doubt Senator Nelson will ever face bribery charges.  But maybe my own Senator will get some inspiration and dip into the bottomless well of our Federal Treasury for my state.

There is plenty to object to in this bill.  Maybe my own Sen. Nelson (Bill Nelson) could go up to the leadership and tell them it’s a no go unless Florida is exempt from paying Medicaid forever.  How about an exemption from the marriage penalty built into Obamacare?  What about an exemption from new taxes on our hospitals, doctors, medical suppliers, pharmacies and insurance companies?  Any Floridian can tell you that insurance companies have no issue with leaving our state when business stops being profitable.

My Senator could, like Ben Nelson did, pretend he opposes taxpayer funded abortion until we get a deal from Reid.  How about something that guarantees that Floridians can still get a hip replacement after they retire.  He could pretend that this bill will actually cut Medicare by $500 billion like they are promising and object until they allow Floridians to buy health insurance from whoever they want (like a non-profit co-op) instead of only Obama approved contributo…uh, corporations.

Citing how this bill will make the cost of healthcare go up $234 billion, my Senator could hold out his yes vote until they grant Florida an exemption from helping to pay back the increased deficit and interest this bill will create.  Wouldn’t you rather pay income taxes at today’s rates instead of Obama’s emergency debt reduction rates of 2011?

Knowing that there are deals to be had, frankly I feel that I can’t vote for my Senator in the next election unless he can outsell the competition.  Then again, I think that’s the point.


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