Health Care Bill Provides Goodies for Some Democrats
December 21, 2009The deal-making and vote-buying necessary to advance the Senate health care bill has angered Republicans.
Among other items, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., included a provision allowing residents of the town of Libby, Mont., who are suffering asbestos-related illnesses from a mining operation, to get Medicare benefits.
Sen. Ben Nelson won a list of benefits for Nebraska, including a commitment for the federal government to pick up the full tab of an expansion of Medicaid.
And Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., who faces a difficult re-election, inserted a $100 million item for construction of a university hospital that his spokesman said he hopes to claim for the University of Connecticut.
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