Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Senator Nelson asks to be treated like everyone else

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has asked to remove from the Senate health reform bill an unpopular deal he secured on Medicaid funding for his state, according to a report by Kaiser Health News.

Sen. Nelson has written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) asking to extend the deal to every state, but if that request were not granted, he would want the Nebraska deal removed.

Under the deal, the federal government would pay 100 percent of Nebraska's expenses in a Medicaid expansion mandated by the health reform bill.