A bi-partisan group of Republicans and Democrats opposed it.
Nebraska’s Republican Congressmen:
Lee Terry (NE-2):
“This trillion-dollar tragedy is just bad medicine.
“…There are some in this chamber who may consider this a momentous day. And that it will be if the House of Representatives votes to spend trillions of dollars and forwards the bill to future generations. While we ramp up spending, we have not dealt with the exploding costs of Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. We are on a path of fiscal recklessness that threatens the future economic growth of America. So for me, this is a sad day.”
Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1):
“America needs the right kind of health care reform that lowers costs, improves health outcomes, and protects vulnerable persons. This bill, however, substantially shifts costs to more unsustainable government spending, erodes health care liberties, and increases health care expenses for many Americans.”
Adrian Smith (NE-3):
“This Congress has not listened to the American people. They don’t want Washington to push through this bill, which hides its true cost behind partisan tactics and rhetoric. Today, Democrats passed a bill which includes billions of dollars in new taxes and more than a trillion dollars in new government spending which will cause millions of employers to cancel the health care they offer their employees and force these individuals into a government-run health care plan.
“No dollar figure can represent the true cost of the legislation – not only for our country’s economic future but also for our personal freedoms.”
Senator Mike Johanns:
“I am disappointed the House voted to pass the Senate health care legislation. I have numerous concerns with this bill, both on its substance and the process being used to pass it. A bill that raises taxes by more than $500 billion, cuts Medicare by more than $500 billion, increases insurance premiums in the individual market, and spends about $2.5 trillion is simply the wrong prescription for a struggling economy.”
And Senator Ben Nelson?
Says he’s still reading it. The Senate still has to pass the House’s Reconciliation, which can pass the Senate by a simple majority. This means Nelson now likely has the cover to vote against the final bill. Though no matter what, he is of course complicit in the entire deal.
And Lee Terry’s Democrat opponent, Tom White? Well, he said he’d have voted “Yeah” back on the original House bill. Count him in with Nelson.
**UPDATE 8:45AM Monday**
By the way folks, it’s now Monday morning, and we STILL haven’t heard from a single Nebraska Democrat in the local news. Not Ben Nelson. Not Tom White. Not Vic Covalt. Not Mark Lakers. Not even Jim freaking Suttle.
You know who the local news had to go to for comment from a local Democrat? Anne Boyle. “Longtime Nebraska Democrat”, she’s called by KETV.
There’s your Nebraska Democrat leadership on the biggest issue of the decade folks.
Suck it in.
Or just suck it.
This seems to be a done deal at this point (though some Senators say there will be roadblocks to get around).
Of course the big question left is, Now where will Canadians go to get the quality health care they desire?