Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Backlash! - "10 Red States Now Questioning Nelson Deal" (NYTimes)

This didn't take long:

"At least 10 states are now raising questions about the legality of the deal that Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat, cut for his home state of Nebraska during the health care negotiations.

Under the agreement, which is on the verge of being approved Thursday by the Senate, Nebraska is permanently exempt from paying for its expansion of Medicaid, shoving that cost onto taxpayers in every other state.

Mr. Nelson was able to exercise such leverage because in exchange, he was providing the magical 60th vote that Democrats needed to advance their health care bill.

The deal has enraged other Senators, especially those from red states, whose Republican Senators didn’t bring home any pork at all because they were not part of the negotiations with Democratic leaders. Several other Democratic Senators did get concessions for their states, but no deal has hit the nerve struck by Mr. Nelson’s.

Attorneys general in at least 10 states held a conference call late Tuesday to consider how they might challenge the deal, which they call federally subsidized vote-buying." [Emphasis added].

Rushed and unread legislation, middle-of-the-night corrupt deal-making, increased premiums, fewer services and growing public opposition . . . what's not to like?

Other litigation threatens as well (h/t Instapundit):

"FoxNews reports that the Liberty Legal Institute and the Fund for Personal Liberty/10th Amendment Foundation are contemplating constitutional lawsuits against certain provisions of Obamacare."

It looks like passage, if it occurs, will not be the end of the story.

And even more troubles are brewing (Riehl World View):

"Put these pieces together.

McConnell is going to throw up some road blocks:
It is looking like Mitch McConnell will object to the appointment of conferees to create a formal conference that would attempt to reconcile the House and Senate versions of Obamacare.
The problems are even bigger in the House. And with 72% of America against funding abortions with tax dollars, that's still a weighty wild-card. Meanwhile, they already lost NOW and others on the Left. He has no room to give Left, or Right on that issue."

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