On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.” The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that “during the preceding 7 fiscal years” have been declared a “major disaster area.”
I am told the section applies to exactly one state: Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu, who has been playing hard to get on the health care bill.You might remember this post from Landrieu's town hall last month in Lafayette in which she said she would vote for cloture and it appears she will get her chance on Saturday.
Her going price? $100 million.
I would suggest that everyone, EVERYONE, call her office and register your opinion. Even if you don't live in Louisiana, you still live in America. Her contact numbers are:
New Orleans: (504) 589-2427
Baton Rouge: (225) 389-0395
Shreveport: (318) 676-3085
Lake Charles: (337) 436-6650
All contact information is here.
Email is here.