U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham wants South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to investigate a deal that he says helped to get the final vote needed to pass the Democrat’s health care bill through the U.S. Senate. It was the 60th vote that headed off a Republican filibuster. Graham says Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson cut a deal and the federal government will end up paying Nebraska’s share of the cost for new Medicaid recipients.
Graham told CNN that the deal’s constitutionality is questionable. “There’s one state in the Union where new Medicaid enrollees will be signed up and it won’t cost anybody in that state money,” he said. “It’s not my state. I’ve got 30 percent African American population–a lot of low-income African Americans on Medicaid. I don’t know what the numbers are in Nebraska.”
Graham says some Democratic Senators expressed concern over the deal as well as Republicans.
A McMaster spokesman says the Attorney General will talk with Graham about the issue.