For Ben Nelson a vote for Obamacare is a one way ticket out of office and home to Nebraska in 2012.
How could Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson even consider voting for Obamacare when 67% of his constituents oppose the government run take over and intrusion into Nebraskans lives? Not only do 67% of Corn Huskers oppose Obamacare, but also 61% said that they were less likely to vote for Nelson for reelection. Senators have said in the past that they did not want to be on the wrong side of history. When every poll shows overwhelming opposition to Obamacare … the Senators are on the wrong side of history as “WE THE PEOPLE” oppose the legislation?
The poll, taken over the past two days while the Senate debates health care reform legislation comes as a huge blow to proponents of President Obama’s plan. And most interestingly, the poll spells trouble for Senator Ben Nelson, a key swing vote on the health care plan.
AFF spokesman Nick Ryan said, “The people of Nebraska are clear in their disdain for this bill. Senator Nelson needs to listen to his constituents and vote against this detrimental bill.”
Ryan continued, “The polling also indicates that the people of Nebraska won’t let Sen. Nelson have it both ways by voting for cloture and against the bill overall. They clearly want Sen. Nelson to do what’s right – vote no on cloture – and vote no on any bill.”
The United States has a Representative Democracy as it’s form of government; however, when are politicians going to start representing the democracy that elected them? How could any politician in good conscience vote for something that almost 7 in 10 of their constituents is against? There is no way you could ever look these people in the face and say you represent them. If Nelson votes yea, he might as well resign from office the next day.
Ben Nelson’s concerns regarding Obamacare. If the following is stripped out of the legislation, um, what exactly is left? The dirty little secret of Obamacare is that when the Democrats voted in favor of stripping $’s from Medicare, the legislation would expand eligibility for Medicaid to those whose income equals 133 percent or less of the poverty level. Thus, people would be forced on to Medicaid. This is hardly the plan that Congress uses. Actually in many states, many doctors do not even want to deal with Medicaid because of the red tape and low reimbursements. So who would see these patients, Mr President?
- Long Term Care
- Medicaid Expansion
- Medicare Reductions
As Bill Kristol states at The Weekly Standard, it’s time for Ben Nelson to end this right here and now. A snow storm is barreling down on Washington, DC and Reid expects Senators and staff to make it to the Senate? On top of it, Reid is demanding that there be a Christmas Eve vote … WHEN NO ONE HAS EVEN SEEN THE FINAL VERSION OF THE SENATE BILL!!!