Democrat Nebraska Sen. Ben “The Price is Right” Nelson got $100 million “Cornhusker Kickback” for his ObamaCare vote. Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu got $300 million for sticking it to America in a second “Louisiana Purchase” scheme.
Poor little Dennis Kucinich…all the diminuative Ohio Democrat got was an airplane ride with the president for his ObamaCare vote.
Kucinich told Obama that he wants a full ERISA waver and a public option in exchange for his vote. And if he actually gets an ERISA waver, it will be the biggest victory of the entire health care debate. As Jon Walker says, “ERISA is the 900 pound Gorilla that has fucked up America’s health care system something good.”
ERISA prevents states from telling employers or labor unions what kind of insurance they must offer. Not having an ERISA waiver would make adopting a true state-based single payer system incredibly difficult, if not impossible, and make implementing a strict employer mandate system impossible in other states.
If on the other hand he settles for some worthless reassurances that “Obama will work toward it in the future” (which nobody but Lynn Woolsey is dumb enough to actually believe), or a meaningless symbolic vote that achieves little more than 15 minutes of futile grandstanding, good luck to him. A thousand people have donated over $16,000 to Dennis since yesterday to thank him for standing up for what he believes in. We’ll be asking him to return it.
I wonder if Dennis knows he is now a bona fide member of the Mile High Club.