Well, maybe he doesn't need to. Because it sounds as though the Democrats are going to throw plenty of the same kind of pork into the "health reform" bill they are trying to pass. Right now, the bill contains funding for playground lights, bike paths, and other assorted goodies.
Once upon a time, Democrats funded such things as part of the Clinton crime bill -- remember midnight basketball?
Moral of the story: There will always be wasteful spending wherever there is government, especially when Democrats are in control. Call it health, call it crime. What it really is: A boondoggle, funded by the overtaxed and underappreciated US taxpayer.