Nelson not the only senator to accept health care reform bribe

Politico's Chris Frates has a list of bribes from Harry Reid to senators in order to get their vote for health care reform and it shows one thing very clearly; it's easy to bribe someone when you're using other people's money:But another Democratic holdout, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), took credit for $10 billion in new funding for community health centers, while denying it was a "sweetheart deal." He was clearly more enthusiastic about a bill he said he couldn't support just three days ago.Nelson and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) carved out an exemption for non-profit insurers in their states from a hefty excise tax. Similar insurers in the other 48 states will pay the tax.Vermont and Massachusetts were given additional Medicaid funding, another plus for Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Three states - Pennsylvania, New York and Florida - all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.All of this came on...(Read Full Post)