Here is video of an emotional Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu speaking on the Senate Floor today where she defended the deal put in the Senate Health Care Bill for her state. It has been dubbed the "Louisiana Purchase," because prior to the deal being inserted, Landrieu was thought to be a wavering Democrat who might not support the bill. She voted for it after it was included in the bill.
Landrieu goes through a letter from May that she claims shows the entire Louisiana delegation supported the special provision for their state. But the fact remains, AFTER the provision was inserted into the Health Care Bill, she stopped wavering and voted for it.
A Washington Times Editorial from November 30, 2009, explains the special deal (Highlighting mine):
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, provided one of the last two votes needed to bring the government health care takeover to the Senate. She didn't even blush about selling her vote. "I am not going to be defensive. And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix," Mrs. Landrieu bragged on Nov. 21. This gross windfall will flood into her state through added benefits in the health care bill. This is government at its worst.
Mrs. Landrieu's big payday shows how useless the Congressional Budget Office's cost estimates are. Right now, each dollar that Louisiana's Medicaid program spends is matched by $1 in federal funds. If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's bill passes, each $1 Louisiana spends will be matched by $4 in federal funds. The CBO, falling back on its typical static analysis, assumes that both population coverage and Medicaid payments per beneficiary will remain unchanged. Neither assumption is reasonable. . . . MORE