WASHINGTON (AP) - Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson says he didn't hold
back his vote on health care legislation just to get more money for
his state, "but to fix the unfunded Medicaid mandate for all states."
Nelson was answering criticism from California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger, who said concessions made to win the Democratic
senator's crucial vote were a "rip-off" for California.
Nelson said in a statement issued Sunday that he agrees with
Schwarzenegger that "all states should be relieved of this
But he took a shot at Schwarzenegger's state, saying more
Medicaid money "isn't going to solve the $20 billion deficit
California has today."
In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press,"
Schwarzenegger said giving extra Medicaid benefits to Nebraska to
secure Nelson's vote was "like buying a vote."
In Sacramento, Schwarzenegger said, "it is illegal to do
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