How Can Democrat Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson Vote for Obamacare when 67% of Nebraskans Oppose It?


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?

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!!!

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  • Comments

    18 Responses to “How Can Democrat Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson Vote for Obamacare when 67% of Nebraskans Oppose It?”

    1. Thomas on December 19th, 2009 9:15 am

      Someone needs to start a petition demanding Senator Nelson Resigns

    2. Nebraska Democrat Senator Bought and Paid For … Will Support Obamacare | Scared Monkeys on December 19th, 2009 9:37 am

      [...] what were you offered Senator Nelson? Or should we say bribed? How does a Senator where 67% of his state is against Obamacare vote for a piece of legislation that is so bad that the LEFT and RIGHT are actually in agreement to [...]

    3. Ray on December 19th, 2009 11:36 am

      This is why he voted:

      Nelson is a Methodist. A Democrat, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, and is now one of the leading conservative Democrats in the Senate. An April 2006 poll by Survey USA found him to be the Senator with the highest popularity rating, 73%, among his own constituents.[1] In its most recent poll, his approval rating was 68%.[

    4. Jackson on December 19th, 2009 1:52 pm

      We need to vote him out of office and send the message that you don’t vote against your states wishes.

    5. CONservative governMENt on December 19th, 2009 7:34 pm

      You can find a poll that tells you anything you want to hear.That is why you always use Rasmussen!

      In the AP poll, Obama has a 56% approval.and…


      503 likely voters who vote regularly in state elections were interviewed statewide by telephone. The margin of error is 4.5%

      QUESTION: Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan — something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get — that would compete with private health insurance plans? (Wording of NYT poll)

      ALL 46 44 10
      MEN 44 48 8
      WOMEN 48 40 12
      DEMOCRATS 84 10 6
      REPUBLICANS 22 66 12
      INDEPENDENTS 44 43 13
      18-29 49 40 11
      30-44 45 46 9
      45-59 47 43 10
      60+ 44 47 9
      DISTRICT 1 47 41 12
      DISTRICT 2 52 40 8
      DISTRICT 3 39 51 10

      so, i choose that poll because it tells me what I want to hear.

    6. Hugh J on December 19th, 2009 7:53 pm

      I just want to know if Harry Reid made Ben Nelson squeal when he did to him what Ben Nelson did to the American taxpayers?

    7. Brenda in Virginia on December 20th, 2009 9:06 am

      I know more than one voter who went for Obama who is having bad regrets. Hopefully next election the people will not simply vent and vote Obama out of office, but also remember to vote out the congressmen and women who went against the majority of their State’s wishes.

    8. Reaganite Republican on December 20th, 2009 11:35 am

      If people weren’t pissed enough at the power-drunk Dems before, they likely are now…

      These tools like Nelson will soon regret the day they did this for Obama, he’ll pull all them right-over the abyss with him… and the coming GOP majority will just rescind it anyway-

    9. Paul Short on December 20th, 2009 9:18 pm

      Correction to the Error posted above (December 19th, 2009 7:34 pm) by the elementary school pollster. (I think she’s making up her own Obama-fantasy Rasmussen for kids.)

      Here is the actual polling from …. the REAL RASMUSSEN.

      ” Monday, December 14, 2009

      Fifty-six percent (56%) of U.S. voters now oppose the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the highest level of opposition found – reached three times before – in six months of polling.

      The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 40% of voters favor the health care plan.

      Perhaps more significantly, 46% now Strongly Oppose the plan, compared to 19% who Strongly Favor it. ”

      Another interesting poll also from the REAL RASMUSSEN:

      ” Sunday, December 20, 2009
      The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15 (see trends). “

    10. Joan Krilich on December 20th, 2009 10:36 pm

      I thought how great Senator Nelson standing bal judgement,but as they say money talks.

    11. Lordrobot on December 21st, 2009 8:16 pm

      Nebraska is a Republican state and they never should have a democrat for senator. This bill is the worst thing ever forced on the American People. It will double the cost of healthcare and it calls for all states to drop their malpractice caps. So you are destroying doctors and I hope they end up quitting in big numbers and when you get sick you can call up Ben Nelson to fix you up. This will work as well as the gov vaccine program for H1N1 the virus they said that would kill us all.

    12. Jim Keller on December 23rd, 2009 2:23 pm

      Senator Ben Nelson, Nebraska – it is unbelivable to see all the payoffs, bribes, etc. amid the corruption in the Federal Government now being applied to healtcare reform. We understand you represent Nebraska s State with high standards for State Government ethics, so our plea is for you to rise above the payoff corruption going on at the Federal level and apply true ethical statesman government for a proud day. We beg you to vote NO for the Senate Healthcare Bill which is full of payoffs, bribes, etc. to once again show the country there is still an honest Democratic Senator who puts the country first. The Senate Healthcare Bill should be stripped of all payoffs, bribes, etc. to level the field and become an honest true Healthcare Reform Bill. I expect we will see soon whether you go with the corruption or stand for our country with equal fair representation.

      Jim Keller

    13. John Capron on December 23rd, 2009 8:22 pm

      If Nelson does not vote NO on Dec 24th, start the process for recall or forced resignation. Waiting until next November is to long to wait to get him out of office. The Democrats will just keep ramming bills through the Senate until that 60th vote is removed. When I was much younger, I read JFK’s book about “Profiles in Courage”. What we need is Nelson to step up to the plate like “Edmund G. Ross” of Kansas did in 1868. Does he have the backbone to vote on what his constituents in Nebraska want him to do, or will he take his marching orders from Neveda. We will know in 12 hours.

    14. mike on December 25th, 2009 7:25 am

      How does it feel to have your ” representative” go directly against you? Yet, the liberals will say that he voted yes because its what the ppl wanted. Only the minority of the ppl wanted it and the last I heard this was a majority rule situation. Nelson sold his vote, he may as well have benn standing on a street corner hustling for a price.

    15. Shirley Reiter on December 30th, 2009 11:28 am

      We do need to unite in an effort to recall Ben
      Nelson. A petition drive is called for. I’ll
      bet people would love to sign it.

    16. Shirley Reiter on December 30th, 2009 11:34 am

      Ben Nelson has proved that he does not represent the people of Nebraska. A petition drive to recall him ust be organized. I’ll bet enough
      signitures would be easy to get.

    17. Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, Actions (Votes) Speak Louder than Words (Spin) | Scared Monkeys on December 31st, 2009 10:11 am

      [...] Second, who are you kidding, YOU LISTENED TO NO ONE BUT HARRY REID’S BRIBE. How could you possibly say, “I listened to you,” when  67% of Nebraskans were against Obamacare? [...]

    18. Senate Dem Asks SC Attorney General Henry McMaster to Stop Lawsuit Against Obamacare … “Call Off the Dogs” | Scared Monkeys on January 4th, 2010 11:45 am

      [...] a “cornhusker” kickback in exempting his state from provisions of Obamacare in order to buy his vote, Nelson is now reportedly calling the AG of South Carolina to “call off the dogs”. [...]

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