Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson will vote for ObamaCare.
He had been holding out for no-abortion funding language, and apparently he go it.
And what else?
“Nelson also secured other favors for his home state.”
Oh, remember the Ben Nelson who just a few days ago said he couldn’t be bought?
He was bought.
Let the campaigning begin.
The deal for Ben Nelson includes additional Medicaide funding for Nebraska and carve outs for physician owned hospitals in Nebraska — and Nebraska only. Uncle Sam will take the hit for 100% of the Medicade expansion for Nebraska, forever. Nebraska is the only state to get this deal.
From a Senate Republican aide :
Nelson made an interesting comment when talking to reporters this morning. If there were substantial changes in the House-Senate conference committee, he said he reserved the right to filibuster. How will the Left take that? Does it embolden Howard Dean and the Daily Kos?
Now isn’t the time to give up.
This is no compromise. The abortion language is on page 38. It’s not Stupak. States can opt out of covering abortions. But abortion in states that don’t opt out will be covered by federal dollars (including by taxpayers who oppose abortion).
From Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:
This bill is a “legislative train wreck of historic proportions.”
“The bill includes permissive language on government-funded abortion.”
Medicaid: “The bill imposes massive burdens on states that are already struggling under the weight of the cost of Medicaid. At the same time, however, it gives special sweetheart deals to a select few states. Interestingly enough, two states that stand out are Nebraska and Vermont.” This means that taxpayers elsewhere around the country end up “paying more so that Nebraska and Vermont can get a special deal.”
“A bill that was sold as helping a major problem in our nation actually makes the problem worse.”
“If this was a good bill with bipartisan support, they would not be trying to pass this the weekend before Christmas and in the middle of the night.”