A weekend in the Senate…

C-SPAN 2 has been fascinating today. We’re still getting reports about the apparent deal in the Senate, so we’ll see how the health items fared: there were health elements that were under attack from Republican Senators, most of whom have announced they aren’t going to vote for the package anyway.

It looks like some aspects of state aid were cut, but not the temporary increase in Medicaid matching funds. However, there is still the issue of the formula, which downplays the economic condition of the states, unlike the House version.

We’ll see how other provisions, such as the COBRA subsidies, fared. The Senate version never had the temporary Medicaid increase for the newly unemployed… another key issue when the two version go into conference next week. The Senate vote on the package is expected Monday.

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