After 13 hours of negotiation under extreme pressure by Senate Democrats and the White House, Senator Ben Nelson caved in to supporting the bill falling for a shell game and bait and switch the Democrats have dangled in front of him.
Senate Democrats announced a deal Saturday morning on a wide-ranging overhaul of the nation’s health care system, setting a course for a vote by Christmas and delivering President Barack Obama a badly needed victory on his top legislative priority.
A 13-hour negotiating session that stretched into the night Friday finally clinched the support of the last Democratic holdout, moderate Sen. Ben Nelson The handshake deal cleared the way for a series of votes that could stretch until 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.
“Change is never easy,” Nelson told reporters. “I truly believe this legislation will stand the test of time. The lives of millions Americans will be improved.”
Nelson agreed to support the bill after Democrats strengthened restrictions on federal funding of abortion, by allowing states to opt out from allowing plans to cover abortion in a new insurance marketplace. Also, enrollees in plans covering abortion must pay separate checks – one for abortion, one for the rest of services.
The move by Nelson to support the bill surprised most of his constituents in the state of Nebraska had opposed this bill by 3 to 1 and Nelson had the rare opportunity to kill this bill, which all polls show is highly unfavored by the American people.
What did Nelson get for his vote?
Nelson also won his own version of Sen. Mary Landrieu’s much-derided “Louisiana Purchase.” In Nelson’s case, the federal government will permanently pick up all the cost of new Medicaid enrollees in Nebraska, rather than splitting the tab with the state, as is usually done. Nelson’s Nebraska is the only state singled out for such treatment – a $45 million cost to federal taxpayers that shows the power of a single senator in this debate.
Shocking no one, who’s been paying attention to the ruthless unpatriotic way the Democrat controlled Congress has conducted itself, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled the vote for ObamaCare, once again, in the dead of night. Just like all the rest of the Vampires do it.
Ben Nelson should have chapped lips when he is done kissing all the people he has screwed.
The only difference between a politician and a prostitute is that the politician is ultimately more expensive.