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Rural and urban members of Congress are fighting over how goodies in the stimulus package will be divided, according to the Wall Street Journal. (The Journal is subscription only, so if the link below doesn’t work, that’s why.)
The Journal’s Health Blog reports: “Democrats from rural and urban areas are wrestling over the formula to divvy up $87 billion in Medicaid funding. In the House bill, 52.5% of the funds would be doled out under the typical formula that’s used annually, and the rest would be given out under a new “bonus” program that favors states with high unemployment rates. This is worrying the folks in poor rural states where the unemployment numbers are already high, but where the rate of decline in jobs isn’t as steep as in urban areas. “We are getting killed,” said Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota.”
This is a fight within the Democratic Party. The Yonder reported last week that while unemployment in rural areas is higher than in urban counties, in fact job declines have been steeper in the cities than in rural communities.