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How the Senate Bought the First Healthcare Vote

• Washington Post

Staffers on Capitol Hill were calling it the Louisiana Purchase.

On the eve of Saturday's showdown in the Senate over health-care reform, Democratic leaders still hadn't secured the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the 60 votes needed to keep the legislation alive. The wavering lawmaker was offered a sweetener: at least $100 million in extra federal money for her home state.

And so it came to pass that Landrieu walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote -- and to trumpet the financial "fix" she had arranged for Louisiana. "I am not going to be defensive," she declared. "And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix."

It was an awkward moment

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Anonymous
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Sad, we call those who sell their bodies for sex 'whores' and make them criminals, but those who sell their votes (and in doing so sell out their country) we call 'politicians', and instead of locking up the bastards we fawn at their feet with shows of respect.

Personally, I have more respect for the syphlitilic crack-whore walking Van Buren.

Comment by Lola Flores
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 The Senate did not buy any votes.  The healthcare industry, including BigPharma, bought ALL of the healthcare votes.

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