Sanford seeks Medicaid help from Clyburn

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is reaching across party lines to ask U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn to find ways to shield the state from higher state Medicaid costs possible with new health care legislation.

Sanford told Clyburn in a letter Thursday that he still opposes the legislation. But the Republican governor wants the Democratic congressman to use his leadership influence to get a better deal for taxpayers in South Carolina and other states.

The Senate gave final approval to the health care bill Thursday and lawmakers will likely work out differences in a conference committee.

Both versions of the legislation depend on expanding Medicaid programs to bring health care to more people and expect states to cover up to 9 percent of those costs.

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KSL 12/24/09 - 01:32 pm
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Go for it Sanford. Make them

Go for it Sanford. Make them produce like others have for their states.

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csragonner 12/24/09 - 01:37 pm
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Why not ask "you lie" Wilson

Why not ask "you lie" Wilson and "waterloo" Demint?

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grinder48 12/24/09 - 02:02 pm
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On 12/22 Clyburn stated,

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On 12/22 Clyburn stated, "Rather than carping on this (i.e., Dems buying votes for the health care bill) , I think it opens the door for other states to demonstrate need for similar treatment". OK Clyburn, time to produce the deal Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson reached to have the federal government pay 100 percent for Medicaid expansion in Nebraska (estimated cost of $100 million!) ... or the Louisiana deal ($300 million!). I don't know if Mr. Sanford is serious with this request or just trying to show the absurdity of this whole health care debacle; I suspect the latter ...

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taxedtodeath 12/24/09 - 02:05 pm
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Because Obama, Pelosi, and

Because Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are not interested in buying votes from repubs. They can buy off all the dems, and have enough votes.

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taxedtodeath 12/24/09 - 02:07 pm
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Nelson claimed he wasn't

Nelson claimed he wasn't being bought off, he just thinks unfunded mandates are wrong and wanted protest them. If that were true, it seems to me that he still has at 49 reasons to vote NO instead of caving in to the buy off.

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johnston.cliff 12/24/09 - 02:33 pm
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The Dems aren't only selling

The Dems aren't only selling their vote, they're selling their seat.

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baronvonreich 12/24/09 - 02:49 pm
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Why not just put their votes

Why not just put their votes up on ebay for everybody to bid on and not just lobbyists?

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Pu239 12/24/09 - 10:59 pm
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Ahhhh the sweet smell of

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Ahhhh the sweet smell of Nebraska Compromise aka bovine excrement.

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