If he hadn’t been talking and talking and talking and goofing and goofing and goofing for the last four months, we would have been stuck parsing all the goofy things the Omaha Mayor says.
Case in point: An excellent breakdown of Nelson’s explanations for the Cornhusker Kickback (the “CK”) ever since the original negotiations, by The National Review’s Daniel Foster.
He breaks down the progression of Nellie’s excuses for the CK like this:
- Nelson was “comfortable” that the CK took care of Nebraska. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “You’ll find a number of states that are treated differently than other states. That’s what legislating is all about. It’s compromise.”
- It was all Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s idea! Heineman asked for it, and Nelson just passed the idea along to Reid! In fact, it should be called the “Heineman Exemption”! (A major mistake by Nelson. Had he called it the “Heineman Hotplate” or “Dave’s Double-Dip”, it might have stuck…)
- No wait, the CK was a “legislative strategy” that would lead to a Medicaid opt-out provision for all states in the final version of the bill!
- Ya see, the deal “was not intended to be a special perk for Nebraska, but rather a vehicle by which individual states could choose to opt out of federal funds for Medicaid in the future”. It was a “placeholder”.
But tackling health care reform now is “the right thing for the country.”
“This bill is not going to be perfect,” Buffett said. “There will be some unintended consequences and some surprises.”
But it’s time to start, he said, and then modify the legislation as needed.
Oh, and interesting that Buffett — a HUGE abortion rights proponent, who puts his money where his mouth is on the subject — is all for the bill.
Let’s you know where Pro-Choicers really stand on it.