August 12, 2007


Select Hospitals Reap a Windfall Under Child Bill (ROBERT PEAR, 8/12/07, NY Times)

Despite promises by Congress to end the secrecy of earmarks and other pet projects, the House of Representatives has quietly funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to specific hospitals and health care providers under a bill passed this month to help low-income children.

Instead of naming the hospitals, the bill describes them in cryptic terms, so that identifying a beneficiary is like solving a riddle. Most of the provisions were added to the bill at the request of Democratic lawmakers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2007 2:08 PM
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