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Mystery $100M Kickback Going To Dodd

By now you have probably heard about the mystery appropriation for a ‘$100,000,000 research medical facility’ buried in the Senate’s healthcare reform bill.

We now get the answer to this mystery from a gently amused Associated Press:

Dodd Gets $100 Million For UConn Health Center Put In Bill

December 21, 2009

WASHINGTON — A $100 million item for construction of a university hospital was inserted in the Senate health care bill at the request of Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., who faces a difficult re-election campaign, his office said Sunday night.

Notice that Mr. Dodd’s office is actually proud of this accomplishment.

The legislation leaves it up to the Health and Human Services Department to decide where the money should be spent, although spokesman Bryan DeAngelis said Dodd hopes to claim it for the University of Connecticut.

How coy of them.

The UConn Health Center has been trying for years to expand and upgrade a facility that hospital officials consider too small and outdated to be economically viable…

The one sought by Dodd provides $100 million for "a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services." It must be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States "that contains a State’s sole public academic medical and dental school."

Based on the criteria set out on the bill, it appeared that state-affiliated hospitals in about a dozen states could compete for the funds.

Dodd has played a key role in development of the health care bill in the Senate. He wielded the gavel earlier in the year when the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee spent weeks drafting its version of the measure. The late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was chairman at the time, but unable to preside.

Dodd, who is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is seeking a new term in 2010, but polls so far show him in a tight race.

Alas, ‘U-Conn’ is all too appropriate here.

Still, to compare writing legislation to the making of sausage is a disservice to the noble art of sausage making everywhere.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Mystery $100M Kickback Going To Dodd”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    Ah, yes,

    “The Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn, Health Care Facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services, that is affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States and contains a State’s sole public academic medical and dental school.”

    Hey, aint Liebermann from Connecticut?

    What is Harry Reid going to name for Liebermann?

  2. Right of the People says:

    They might as well call it the Dewey Cheatum and Howe Health Care Facility, it would be more truthful.

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Give Ben Nelson of Nebraska the boot:

    http://givebentheboot.com/index.html

    Next on the list………Chris Dodd

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    Everyone of these clunkers whom have violated our Constitution needs to be thrown out of The People’s Houses and their personal fortunes siezed and returned to the Treasury.


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