Sunday, January 24, 2010


A conservative group has created an Internet video that humorously criticizes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s “buying off” of two Democratic senators for their votes supporting the healthcare reform bill.

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu expressed opposition to the healthcare bill prior to the Nov. 21 vote to bring it up for debate in the Senate.

Reid, who needed several more votes to keep the bill moving, arranged for Louisiana to receive $300 million from the federal government for Medicaid recipients in her state, and she agreed to support the bill.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson received an exemption for Nebraska residents to projected cuts in Medicaid, and he too voted to bring the bill up for debate.

The ad, created by the nonprofit group Let Freedom Ring, shows several pigs competing for space at a feeding trough, superimposed on a photo of the Capitol.

The voiceover, playing off the familiar MasterCard ads, says:

“Buying off a senator from Louisiana — $300 million.

“Buying off a senator from Nebraska — Who knows?

“Making every other state pay for it? Priceless.

“When it comes to buying votes with your money, Harry Reid is a master. That’s why he carries this — MasterLard.

“There are some things that money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterLard.”

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