Leadership FAIL

The election of Scott Brown as the new U.S. senator from Massachusetts has thrown the health care bill off track. Regardless of whether the bill will improve the health care situation in the U.S. (what is in the bill, anyway?), the tactics used to negotiate the bill offends our innate sense of equality and integrity.

Look at all the parochial deals: extra Medicaid spending for Nebraska, exemptions from Medicare Advantage cuts for parts of Florida, special help for some asbestos disease sufferers in Montana, exempting health plans of union members from the “cadillac tax.”

Of course, this is how the Senate leadership crafted 60 votes to get the bill passed, but it bolstered the perception that the measure was pork barrel spending aimed at helping some more than others. And it makes us wonder what other dirty deals they did.

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