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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The List of Bribes for The Health Care Bill

The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel wrote an editorial on Monday, entitled Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory, in which she provided a fairly detailed list of Democratic House members who had secured bribes from either Frisco Nan or Wonderboy for voting 'yes' on the health care bill.

Because it's important to understand how many corrupt House members there are, and who they are, I thought it worth reprinting Strassel's details.

Jim DeCosta (D-CA) extracted a commitment from the administration to increase water allocations to his Central Valley constituents. The announcement occurred last Tuesday. DeCosta claims there was no buying of his vote change from no, to yes.

Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) requested more NASA spending at her district's Kennedy Space Center in her meeting with Wonderboy on the healthcare bill. She, too, switched from a no to a yes.

Bart Gordon (D-TN) extracted more Medicaid funds for his state in exchange for his vote change. Pete DeFazio (D-OR) also secured extra Medicaid funding for his state in exchange for his vote on the bill. In all, according to Strassel, 17 states were given additional Medicaid funds in exchange for their Representatives voting to pass the bill.

Finally, dimwitted Bart Stupak surrendered his alleged pro-life principles to vote yes on the bill, in exchange for an executive order, which can be revoked or challenged in the courts at any time, limiting use of federal funding for abortions.

Strassel went on to details a number of cases in which House Democrats were threatened with primary opposition, cutting of campaign funds and support if they did not vote 'yes' on healthcare.

How can anyone believe such a bill is of any value, if so many of the majority party's own House members had to be bribed to vote for it?

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