And he’s not down with voting for a bill which includes the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase, either:
“Everyone’s going around saying there’s a compromise—there’s no such thing,” Stupak said. What’s changed between this week and last, Stupak went on, is that he had his first real conversation with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Congressman Henry Waxman about fixing the bill.
Stupak highlighted other problems with the bill: The president’s proposal has not been translated into legislative language and it still leaves some special deals in place. “If you look at the President’s proposal,” Stupak said, “it says that the Cornhusker agreement is out, but the Louisiana Purchase is in.”
“Members don’t have a whole lot of appetite to vote for the Senate bill as a stand alone bill–that’s for sure,” Stupak said. If you’re going to correct these inequities in the Senate bill, you better tie bar it to something. No one wants to vote for a freestanding bill so they can be accused of voting for a special deal for Nebraska on Medicaid.”
Stupak isn’t about to be hoodwinked into voting for the Senate bill with the promise from the Senate to fix the abortion language and remove the bribes for its passage at a later date. That speaks volumes about the level of trust he has in members of his own party.
Some advice to Stupak: avoid the House gym.
Via Hot Air/Think Progress
Ben Nelson traded his vote for a big (temporary) payoff for Nebraska.
Under the current merged legislation (the version unveiled on November 18th), the federal government fully finances care for the expanded population for two years and increases its matching funds (known as FMAP) thereafter. Page 98 of the managers amendment specifically identifies Nebraska for higher federal matching funds, fully funding its expansion for an additional year:
‘‘(3) Notwithstanding subsection (b) and paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, the Federal medical assistance percentage otherwise determined under subsection (b) with respect to all or any portion of a fiscal year that begins on or after January 1, 2017, for the State of Nebraska, with respect to amounts expended for newly eligible individuals described in subclause (VIII) of section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i), shall be determined as provided for under subsection (y)(1) (A) (notwithstanding the period provided for in such paragraph)
So the state of Nebraska gets a pass on paying for Medicaid expansion for a few years. But what happens after the three years are up? Nebraskans will be kicking in for this abomination like the rest of us. In the meantime, the majority of Nebraskans still will be forced to buy health insurance, will see their premiums rise and many will see a decline in their coverage. And all the while, their tax dollars WILL pay for abortions. Just ask Bart Stupak.