Saturday, December 19, 2009

When Legislation Becomes Vote Buying

In regard to the recent developments in the soon to be law medical insurance debate, it has become apparent that our legislators are not so much about passing reforms, but rather, selling their votes. It is somewhat ironic that what is generally considered to be something limited to back door whiskey deals in Appalachia is now up front, center, and above water in our capital.

As this is the case, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson has used his filibuster busting vote to 'reform' the insurance industry in exchange for a concession on abortion and the federal government picking up the tab for some medicare costs in his state.

"Officials said the federal government would pick up Nebraska's entire cost of a Medicaid expansion in the bill. Other states will have to begin picking up a portion of the added expanse beginning in 2017."

It is good to know that the feds are letting Warren Buffett's state not pick up the tab for services, at the expense of the rest of us (well, they are paying a little bit, through their federal taxes, but, certainly, less as a proportion). I will also wonder if the deficit reduction spoke of, is due to the federal government passing on a lot of costs to the states... It does seem like a good way to ponzi-scheme our way out of deficits.

This, just bolsters my argument.