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Why is Congress Protecting only Some States

Editor’s note: This article needs to be viewed through a fairness and equity lens. What are the reasons behind this protection for only a few states?

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WASHINGTON — The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, has secured a special deal protecting his state against the costs of expanding Medicaid under one of the major health care bills moving through Congress.

Mr. Reid, a Democrat, complained about the impact on Nevada when the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, unveiled his bill on Sept. 16.

Now Mr. Baucus has modified the bill to spare Nevada and three other states, and Mr. Reid, who faces a potentially difficult race for re-election next year, is taking credit for getting a “major increase” in federal money for his state.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/us/politics/29reid.html?th=&adxnnl=1&emc=th&adxnnlx=1254217280-3bEd2D0GdE7QrPwBlkNZRw

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September 29, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | ,

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