Still no word from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after they were sent a letter from South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and 12 other attorney generals about the proposed Medicaid expansion.
McMaster says there are “special favors” for individual states for a vote on the Healthcare Reform Bill. He says he’s putting up a fight against the provision that exempts the state of Nebraska from paying its regular share of the expansion.
“The part of it that I’ve got 12 other attorney’s general from 12 states and I are focusing on right now what’s been called the ‘Nebraska compromise’ or ‘cornhusker kickback,’ and that is the Obama healthcare plan is extending Medicaid coverage in every state except for Nebraska,” says McMaster.
For Nebraska, the other 49 states will pay the state’s share of that through federal taxes. McMaster says this is unfair and unconstitutional.
“The Constitution provides that you can provide money for this and that, but it can’t be arbitrary or capricious, that is if you make a distinction between one state and another, you have to have a good reason. The only reason here is that Senator Ben Nelson was not going to vote for the thing, vote for closure, and they needed his vote, so they made this deal with him according to all the press reports. So, that is not a reason, that is getting somebody’s vote in the Senate,” says McMaster.
McMaster says Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson called Senator Lindsay Graham last week to ask him how to “get the dogs off of him.” Graham, in return, told Nelson to call McMaster, so he did.
“He didn’t exactly promise what he was going to do, but he indicated he did not think that provision would be in the final bill. Of course he also indicated he thought they would have something like that for everybody across the country,” says McMaster.
McMaster says he expects other states to follow the 13 already fighting against the current Medicaid expansion provisions.