A good candidate for the mystery $100 million may be Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wishard recently won approval for construction of a new hospital in downtown Indianapolis. If Wishard is not the intended beneficiary, they can make a credible case that they should be eligible for a share of the money.Hat tip to Scott Fluhr at Hoosierpundit.
Under Section 10502 of the Reid Amendment, the beneficiary of the $100 million must be "affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States that contains a state's sole public academic medical and dental school." Is it affiliated with an academic health center? According to its Web site: "Wishard is proud to be one of the leading providers of healthcare in the city of Indianapolis with physicians of the Indiana University School of Medicine providing a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services." Are they owned by the University of Indiana? No. Are they affiliated? Looks like they are.
UPDATE: AP is reporting that the money is intended for a hospital project in Connecticut that Sen. Christopher Dodd supports, although projects in other states, including Indiana's Wishard Hospital could vie for the money. So what's in the health care plan for Indiana for Bayh's vote? It seems there were big pay offs in the bill for just about every other wavering Democratic senator.