"The Medicaid Payoff"
Part of what Ben Nelson seems to have gotten in exchange for his vote is an arbitrary extra year of federal Medicaid funding for Nebraska. There’s no conceivable policy justification for this, but it’s a small price to pay for the support of a crucial senator. But when I say it’s a “small price to pay” I mean that quite literally—the amount of money involved is tiny. The ability to do this mostly underscores how ridiculous Nelson’s Medicaid objections were to begin with.