Mary Landrieu’s Smooth Move

Check out this headline in the (reliably liberal) Baton Rouge Advocate:

GOP win may cost La. $300 million

Even though the deal struck to get Mary on board the Health Care Reform bandwagon was widely regarded as a “payoff”, it had a reasonable justification.

The money was to be used to help fill a gap the state faces because of a federal funding formula that penalizes Louisiana because “per capita income” rose during the infusion of insurance and federal government money to help rebuild after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Now, with the HCR bill foundering, a statistical fix that might have been sold on its own merits to Democrats and Republicans alike is as dead as a mackerel.

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