Rep. Andrews: Nelson Medicaid Deal Dropped From Merged Bill

Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) said today that negotiators attempting to merge the Senate and House health care bills have dropped a provision that guaranteed Nebraska full federal funding for a Medicaid expansion in perpetuity.

It may be a moot point if Democrats convince the House to pass the Senate bill word-for-word, a possibility that may happen if Republican Scott Brown wins a special election tonight.

But the deal, made to get Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D-NE) vote on the health care bill, has been a source of contention, with health care opponents, state attorneys general and others criticizing it.