'Cornhusker Kickback' Gets the Boot in Health Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bye bye, Cornhusker Kickback. Hello, extra money for Tennessee and North Dakota.

Democrats issuing revisions Thursday to their health care overhaul bill decided to kill the extra $100 million in Medicaid funds for Nebraska that has become a symbol of backdoor deal making.

But the changes include extra money for hospitals in Tennessee that serve large numbers of low-income patients. And the Bank of North Dakota would continue being able to make student loans, though the bill would revamp the nation's student loan system to make the government the only lender.

The bill also keeps alive special spending for Louisiana, Connecticut and other states that was included in the original health bill that Congress may complete this weekend.

The reconciliation bill, which includes the revisions to the Senate version of the health care overhaul, has been posted online. If you'd like to look over the legislation yourself, just click on the link below to visit the House of Representatives web site.

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