Saturday, January 2, 2010

Wild Dog Alert

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) (no relation, thank goodness), the Health Care Bill lynch pin, is begging state AG's around the nation to not go through with a lawsuit that would challenge the constitutionality of the proposed Senate version of the Health Care Bill if it indeed is signed into law. Read about it here.

Senator Nelson said he would cast the deciding 'Yea' vote for the bill if his state, Nebraska, was exempt from paying the coverage for any new Medicaid patients. Under current law the state pays no more than 50% of the costs and the federal government pays the rest, which could be greater for states who are poverty-stricken (or have poorly managed state governments). Nelson's provision would have the federal government pay 100% of the costs for all new Medicaid enrollees.

That is over $100,000,000 over the next 10 years.

For Nebraska alone. No other state, just Nebraska.

To refute the unconstitutionality claim he says that ALL states will get the same provision.

WHOA! Hold on! Tiny Nebraska (pop. 1.78 million) costs $100 million over 10 years to cover all new enrollees - about $56 per person over that period in Nebraska. Let's extend that out to the whole nation. USA population - 304 million x $56 = $17,024,000,000.

Yeah, $17 trillion over 10 years.

Of course President Obama has stated that "largest deficit-reduction plan in over a decade."

Good math Mr. President, an extra $17 trillion over a decade.

Don't call of the dogs, keep feeding them the Alpo.

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