Senator Mike Crapo answers that question, but before we get to it, Ellen Ratner and Nicole Sandler have already answered it … on Air America.  While Democrats insist that $500 billion in cuts to Medicare (primarily targeting Medicare Advantage) won’t cut anyone’s benefits, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) insisted on language that exempted three heavily Democratic counties in his home state from the cuts.  If those massive cuts to the program won’t hurt people on Medicare Advantage, why did Nelson fight to get exemptions for Palm Beach, Dade, and Broward counties?  Hmmmmm…….

John McCain tried to get an amendment passed that would have given that exemption to every county in the US.  Democrats killed it, of course.

Turns out there are two Americas.  There’s one to which Democrats pander, and there’s the other that gets stuck with the bill.