Landrieu bashed for ‘backroom’ vote dealing

By GERARD SHIELDS
The Louisiana Advocate
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

WASHINGTON — They’re calling it the Louisiana Purchase.

State and national Republicans on Monday continued bashing U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., for voting to allow debate to begin on the Senate health-care bill while securing up to $300 million to insure the state’s poor.

“Mary Landrieu had an opportunity to kill this legislation,” said Roger Villere, state Republican Party chairman. “This was the vote that mattered.”

Landrieu’s “aye” Saturday was crucial to moving the Democrat’s health-care measure along in the U.S. Senate. A final vote on the measure is not expected for another month.

She was one of three Democratic centrists and an independent who said they don’t support the bill because of a so-called public option to provide government-run insurance.

Landrieu secured the money for a gap in Louisiana’s Medicaid funding from the federal government.

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