‘Cornhusker Kickback on Steroids’ – Special Deal Gone, But Name Lives On

By Matt Loffman

Feb 24, 2010 10:22am

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: The Cornhusker Kickback is gone from health reform bills, but it lives on in Senate floor speeches. The "Cornhusker Kickback" is the name Republicans gave to special treatment in a Senate-passed health reform bill for Nebraska to pay for a Medicaid expansion. President Obama’s list of fix-its for the Senate health reform bill specifically removes the original "Cornhusker Kickback." But that did not stop Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from assailing President Obama’s health care proposal again Wednesday, dismissing Thursday’s planned health reform summit and accusing Democrats of hatching another back-room deal. "Americans have seen these proposals before," said McConnell on the Senate floor Wednesday. "They don’t want them. So this is the height of legislative arrogance. If you didn’t like the Cornhusker Kickback, get ready. This is the Cornhusker Kickback on steroids." While they do plan to attend the summit, Republicans have ramped up their criticism of it. They point to the President’s recently released health reform proposal, which is essentially a list of fix-its for the health reform bill Senators passed Christmas Eve. Read more here.

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