Almost immediately after Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) declared she would vote for the Senate's first procedural motion on healthcare reform, Republicans criticized her vote as the "new Louisiana Purchase."
The GOP referred to a provision inserted into the bill that provides for $100 million in extra Medicare subsidies for "certain states recovering from a major disaster." Landrieu's state of Louisiana, of course, was hit by Hurrianes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
"Senator Landrieu has announced she will vote for a $2.5 trillion health care bill that raises premiums, hikes taxes, and cuts Medicare in exchange for $100 million in federal funds for Louisiana," Senate Republicans said in a release.
Landrieu addressed the charges as attacks from "partisan Republican bloggers" during her floor speech on the Senate floor announcing her bill. The centrist Democrat said the aid was supported by all members of Louisiana's congressional delegation and Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.