McCain riffs off monikers for healthcare deals

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday scoffed at a number of provisions in the Democrats' healthcare reform bill partly intended to win the support several of centrist Senate Democratic holdouts.

McCain took to Twitter listing the names of some of the reported deals.

Of the Medicare funds Louisiana received after Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) held out ahead of the first procedural vote on the bill in late November:

Louisiana Purchase: $300 Million in Medicaid funding for Louisiana – which is more than we paid for it the first time!

On Medicare funding directed toward Nebraska inserted into the manager's amendment after Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) held out before the cloture vote Monday morning:

Cornhusker Kickback: The Federal Government will now fund Nebraska's new Medicaid recipients forever...yes folks, forever!!

McCain said this about research funding:

$100 Million for a Health Care Facility @ a Public Research University - it's probably in Connecticut...

Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) played a key role in crafting the bill and McCain's friend Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) was one of the final holdouts. 

McCain added:

Unsavory sweetheart deals in the Democrats health care reform bill…

in a bill that is 2,733 pages long - I guarantee there are lots more smarmy sweetheart deals to come...we just haven’t found them all yet.


More in News

CIA’s tactics were torture, McCain says

Read more »