A couple a hundred million dollars here and a couple a hundred million dollars there and pretty soon you are talking about some real money.
So just what is it costing to get Obamacare passed? Start with $300 million for the Louisiana purchase, $100 million in subsidies for sell-out Ben Nelson’s Nebraska Medicaid fund and $100 million for construction of a university hospital in Chris Dodd’s state of Connecticut. All told, the pork in Obamacare alone to this exclusive little clique amounts to at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
(UPDATE #1): Harry Reid on all the pork in the Senate version of healthcare:
“There are 100 senators here and I don’t know that there’s a senator that doesn’t have something in this bill that isn’t important to them,” Reid said. “If they don’t have something in it important to them then it doesn’t speak well of them.”
Translation: If you didn't line up at the trough when this thing was being "negotiated", you're a chump.
The L.A. Times has a breakdown of the differences between the House and Senate healthcare bills. Looking over it, we have a tough time grasping just how they will reconcile the differences between the two. Ah, how quickly we forget the paragraph above.
The breakdown, however, disingenuously touts the savings to the federal budget of both bills, knowing damn well that the first 10 years of concurrent funding and outlays represents a budget buster.