Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson Democrat Senator in a word … COWARD! In another word, YOU ARE HISTORY.
How appropriate that there be a blizzard in DC, because America just got a SNOW JOB from Democrats! From hold out to sell out in 24 hours.
According to the WAPO, the lone remaining hold out on Obamacare, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, suddenly has had an Epiphany and will support a health care bill that will bankrupt America, bankrupt the states and increase the cost of premiums to all insureds as well as reduce care and take billions of dollars away from medicare and seniors.
Democratic leaders spent days trying to hammer out a deal with Nelson, and worked late Friday night with Nelson on abortion coverage language that had proved the major stumbling block. But Nelson also secured other favors for his home state.
Asked if he was prepared to support the bill, Nelson said, “Yeah.”
So what were you offered Senator Nelson? Or should we say bribed? Did Nelson get a Mary Landrieu type political payoff?
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 KILL THE BILL?
It is unbelievable that will all polls and the American people against Obamacare, these arrogant, power crazed liberals will pass it any how.
Remember this when election time rolls around … a vote for any Democrat is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama. These people were more concerned with Obama’s image that he pass anything than they were actually representing the We the People.
I am sorry to say because politicians have no more convictions or principles and will not represent their constituents in the face of threats from their party … the only good Democrat is one voted out of office.
Who are Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama representing? It is certainly not “WE THE PEOPLE?.
- Only 34% of Americans Say Passing Health Care Bill is Better Than Passing Nothing (Rasmussen)
- 56% Oppose Obamacare, only 40% in favor (Rasmussen)
- 47% Oppose, 32% in Favor of Obamacare while by a 44%-41% margin would rather keep current system. (NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll)
UPDATE I: Sneaky Saturday as Ben Nelson Caves
What statesmen we can lay claim to these days in Washington, DC. Nebraska Senator has caved under the cloak of darkness on a Saturday morning in the middle of a blizzard during the final weekend before Christmas. I am sure the Corn Husker state is proud to have such a man of convictions representing them. However, Nelson, the spineless gutless one says he “reserves the right” to change his mind”. Yeah sure.
UPDATE II: So what was the Mary Landrieu type political payoff? From Hot Air … Every man has his price and we have just found Ben Nelson’s. It would also appear that Nelson caved on abortion as well. What a man of character and conviction.
Under the current merged legislation (the version unveiled on November 18th), the federal government fully finances care for the expanded population for two years and increases its matching funds (known as FMAP) thereafter. Page 98 of the managers amendment specifically identifies Nebraska for higher federal matching funds, fully funding its expansion for an additional year:
‘‘(3) Notwithstanding subsection (b) and paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, the Federal medical assistance percentage otherwise determined under subsection (b) with respect to all or any portion of a fiscal year that begins on or after January 1, 2017, for the State of Nebraska, with respect to amounts expended for newly eligible individuals described in subclause (VIII) of section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i), shall be determined as provided for under subsection (y)(1) (A) (notwithstanding the period provided for in such paragraph)
Subsection (y)(1)(A) refers to page 399 of the original merged Senate legislation which fully funds state Mediciad expansions for the first two years. The manager’s amendment also provides 2.2% increase in FMAP to help states finance their existing Medicaid programs.
UPDATE III: Full text of bill can be read at The Patriot Room