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    Republicans use state payoffs to win votes for repeal bill

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    07/14/2017 06:18 PM EDT Updated 07/14/2017 06:21 PM EDT

    Republicans hammered Democrats seven and a-half years ago for larding Obamacare with state-specific payoffs and sweeteners to secure the last few votes for passage. Who can forget the “Cornhusker Kickback,” which funneled $45 million to Nebraska to nail the support of former Sen. Ben Nelson?

    But the revised Senate Obamacare repeal bill shows Republicans engaged in the same pattern of horse trading as they try to win 50 ayes to advance an unpopular bill.

    Leaders are likely to cook up even more deals to entice uncommitted senators. As conservative health policy expert Chris Jacobs points out at The Federalist, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still has about $200 billion that he can spend on holdouts without breaking Senate budget rules he's using to try to pass the legislation. The Trump administration is pitching a proposal to Nevada as a way to bring Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller on board that aims to move Medicaid expansion enrollees into the private insurance market where they could use subsidies to help pay for premiums.

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    Let the bullying and bribing begin!

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    Obama and the democrats were fine teachers on how to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Obama and the democrats were fine teachers on how to do this.
    I Think the OP said that Republicans hammered Democrats when they did it. Giving more examples of democrats doing it...does not change the observation that moralists...

    ...and small government Republicans love lard just as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    I Think the OP said that Republicans hammered Democrats when they did it. Giving more examples of democrats doing it...does not change the observation that moralists...

    ...and small government Republicans love lard just as much.
    That goes both ways.

    The left was fine with Obama doing it but now they have a problem with it?

    lol

    They set this precedent, republicans are just following their lead just like using the nuclear option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    By PAUL DEMKO
    07/14/2017 06:18 PM EDT Updated 07/14/2017 06:21 PM EDT

    Republicans hammered Democrats seven and a-half years ago for larding Obamacare with state-specific payoffs and sweeteners to secure the last few votes for passage. Who can forget the “Cornhusker Kickback,” which funneled $45 million to Nebraska to nail the support of former Sen. Ben Nelson?

    But the revised Senate Obamacare repeal bill shows Republicans engaged in the same pattern of horse trading as they try to win 50 ayes to advance an unpopular bill.

    Leaders are likely to cook up even more deals to entice uncommitted senators. As conservative health policy expert Chris Jacobs points out at The Federalist, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still has about $200 billion that he can spend on holdouts without breaking Senate budget rules he's using to try to pass the legislation. The Trump administration is pitching a proposal to Nevada as a way to bring Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller on board that aims to move Medicaid expansion enrollees into the private insurance market where they could use subsidies to help pay for premiums.

    Republicans use state payoffs to win votes for repeal bill - POLITICO
    both sides have been doing this like for ever.

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    Have you heard how many judges Trump gets to appoint that the democrats can no longer stop because of what they did?

    No matter what happens with Trump he will have stacked the judicial system with conservatives and that will be a legacy that's hard to undo.

    We warned them this would happen when they took away the filibuster but they are so short sighted they can't see the forest through the trees.

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