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  • Rasmussen: Ben Nelson down 30 points to Heineman after health-care reversal

    12/29/2009 8:18:08 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 54 replies · 2,509+ views
    Hot Air ^ | December 28, 2009 | Ed MORRISSEY
    Ah, the wages of pork: The good news for Senator Ben Nelson is that he doesn’t have to face Nebraska voters until 2012. If Governor Dave Heineman challenges Nelson for the Senate job, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that Heineman would get 61% of the vote while Nelson would get just 30%. The health care vote is clearly dragging Nelson’s numbers down. Just 17% of Nebrasaka voters approve of the deal their Senator made on Medicaid in exchange for his vote. Overall, 64% oppose the health care legislation, including 53% who are Strongly Opposed. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe...
  • Sign of the times: Nebraskans Jokerize Ben Nelson

    12/23/2009 7:42:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies · 1,241+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/22/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    I said yesterday it wouldn’t be long before Obama’s Jokers posters started popping up across the country.First, Claire McCaskill.Now, Nebraskans have Jokerized Ben Nelson. (Or rather, he Jokerized himself, didn’t he?)Reader Tim e-mails the photos and this message:“Saw this in small town Nebraska today less than 50 miles from Ben Nelson’s home town. This is pretty surprising to me because this is strictly an agricultural area. Nelson has consistently catered to the agricultural interests in Nebraska and so is pretty popular among the farmers and ranchers in the area. Federal subsidies are a huge percentage of area farm income. But...
  • Can other senators offer amendments to get "free" Medicaid funding?

    12/21/2009 9:31:01 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 6 replies · 398+ views
    self | 12/21/09 | NewJerseyJoe
    In the style of Sen. Ben "Traitor" Nelson .... can other senators start offering, one after another, amendments to ObamaCare saying, "We want free Medicaid too -- just like in Nebraska!" No, of course I'm not in favor of that. I'm trying to think of ways to stop or slow down this abomination.
  • Senatorial Bribery - A Very Troublesome Precedent

    12/20/2009 3:26:32 PM PST · by Desperado67 · 33 replies · 1,419+ views ^ | 12/20/09 | Rob Binsrick
    Back on November 21st, Senator Mary Landrieu provided the 60th vote for the Senate Democrats to cut off a GOP filibuster and start the debate on a healthcare reform bill. In exchange for that vote, the Democratic leadership offered her a $300 million ‘bribe’ in the form of additional Medicaid benefits for her home state of Louisiana and for other states ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Now a month later Senator Ben Nelson has announced that he will provide the 60th vote to cut off debate on the healthcare reform bill. In exchange for his vote, the Democratic leadership offered him...
  • A Nebraska doctor’s message for Ben Nelson

    12/20/2009 5:30:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 187 replies · 3,984+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/20/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Dr. Becky Hollibaugh of Friend, Nebraska e-mailed me her message for sellout Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) this morning:Hello Michelle:I’m a family practice doctor in Nebraska. I sent the following (angry,I admit) letter to Senator Nelson. I urge your readers (from Nebraska and elsewhere) to do likewise, in their own words!Dear Senator Nelson:I send this message under “Tort Reform” because the current monstrosity you have pledged your support to says nothing whatsoever about Tort Reform. You have sold the physicians of Nebraska for zilch (zilch for us, but beaucoup federal bucks for you and the liberal partisans in this state). As...
  • Boycott Nebraska.

    12/20/2009 5:30:01 PM PST · by Jeff Gordon · 124 replies · 3,319+ views
    Me | 12/20/04 | Me
    Senator Nelson of Nebraska cut a special deal. In exchange for agreeing to allow government funds be used for abortions, he got a special deal for Nebraska. The special deal was that Nebraska would not have to pay matching funds for Medicade. All the other 49 states must pay matching funds. Many of those state like my own state of California can not afford to pay those matching funds. Who pays for Nebraska's Medicare casts? All of us who live in the other 49 states. BS, I say. We should not stand by while Nebraska sucks money from all the...
  • Nelson's Stuffed Stocking Is Lump Of Coal For Americans

    12/20/2009 11:06:02 AM PST · by AmericaTalks · 11 replies · 578+ views
    America Talks ^ | 12/20/09 | David Zublick
    The liberals have delivered a lump of coal to all Americans this Christmas by buying the vote of Senator Ben Nelson, in order to have the 60 votes necessary to force through the Health Care reform bill. The Nebraska Democrat was given a huge payoff for his state by the leadership in the Senate, which will prevent a filibuster, barring any last minute defections from this package. Some are questioning Nelson's motives, as his earlier objections to the bill had to do with restrictions on abortion coverage. But those restrictions failed to satisfy major anti-abortion groups and lawmakers. Even though...
  • The High Price of Ben Nelson's Low Vote

    12/20/2009 3:26:58 AM PST · by Scanian · 27 replies · 1,763+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 19, 2009 | Marc Sheppard
    Democrat Ben “Dover” Nelson, who had previously threatened to join a GOP filibuster of the Senate Health Care Bill, proved today that everything has a price – including a man’s values. The Nebraska Senator just accepted what I’ll generously describe as an enormous “monetary incentive” to do a complete 180 on his long-time position on abortion funding and thereby gave this awful legislation life with his 60th all-Democrat vote. Earlier this month, Nelson insisted that he would not support a bill without stronger anti-abortion language:
  • Analysis: How Nelson-Reid Compromise Allows Abortion Funding in Health Care

    12/20/2009 3:38:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 635+ views
    LifeNews ^ | December 19, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Pro-life groups have spent most of Saturday morning furiously analyzing the Nelson-Reid compromise language on abortion funding in the Senate health care bill. Their conclusion is that the language undermines the amendments they wanted to ban abortion funding. The compromise language appears in the manager's amendment Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is offering to shore up the 60 votes he needs to overcome the filibuster against the pro-abortion health care bill. The language is not similar to the Stupak and Nelson amendments approved by the House and defeated in the Senate. Instead, Section 38 adds a...
  • Nelson Accused of Selling Vote on Health Bill for Nebraska Pay-Off (Bribery, the Chicago way)

    12/20/2009 6:50:54 AM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies · 1,362+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/2009 | fox news
    What started as Sen. Ben Nelson's personal stand against covering abortion with taxpayer money translated, somehow, into millions of dollars in federal aid for his home state. The Nebraska Democrat, following weeks of negotiations with his caucus, finally agreed to back the Senate's health care reform bill this weekend after Democratic leaders made a series of concessions. Nelson's support gives Democrats the 60 votes they need to overcome a filibuster, barring any last-minute defections. But critics by Sunday were heavily questioning Nelson's motivations, given that the abortion restrictions he sought and won did not satisfy several major anti-abortion lawmakers and...
  • Bribery - Federal Law - USC 18

    12/20/2009 3:32:56 PM PST · by djf · 36 replies · 1,431+ views
    People keep asking "Isn't bribery illegal??", well, actually, it is. Sounds to me like half of Congress could end up in the slammer!! USC Title 18, Ch 11, Sec 201... (b) Whoever— (1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent— (A) to influence any official act; or (B) to...
  • Neb.'s Nelson sees backlash on health reform plan

    12/20/2009 2:24:56 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 100 replies · 4,432+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | December 20, 2009 | Margery A. Beck
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - It was the concern of Nebraska's Republican governor over expanded Medicaid costs in the proposed Senate health care overhaul bill that led to a compromise to cover his state's estimated $45 million share over a decade, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson said Sunday. Gov. Dave Heineman "contacted me and he said this is another unfunded federal mandate and it's going to stress the state budget, and I agreed with him," the Nebraska Democrat said. "I said to the leader and others that this is something that has to be fixed. I didn't participate in the way it...
  • Huckabee: Nelson like Judas on health care reform

    12/20/2009 4:35:00 PM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies · 1,011+ views
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says those unhappy with the health care overhaul set to be pushed through the Senate this week should express their displeasure at the polls next November. Huckabee spoke Sunday to a raucous crowd of about 1,800 people at an Omaha rally sponsored by Americans for Prosperity of Nebraska. Huckabee says the vote on health care reform is a pivotal moment in American history, and he took Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to task for deciding to support the measure. Huckabee went so far as to compare Nelson to Judas in the biblical story of Jesus'...
  • Who wins, who loses in Senate health bill

    12/20/2009 3:02:28 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 34 replies · 2,144+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | December 20, 2009 | Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The little town of Libby, Mont., isn't mentioned by name in the Senate's mammoth health care bill, but it's one of the big winners in the legislation, thanks to the influence of Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. After pushing for years for help for residents of the area, thousands of whom suffer from asbestos-related illnesses from a now-closed mineral mining operation, Baucus inserted language in a package of last-minute amendments that grants them access to Medicare benefits. He didn't advertise the change, and it takes a close read of the bill to find it. It's just...
  • Will Abortion Be Paid For Under The Nelson Compromise? Poll

    12/20/2009 11:52:38 AM PST · by DBlake · 5 replies · 417+ views
    Youpolls ^ | 12-20-2009 | Youpolls
    How Abortion Will Be Paid For Under The Nelson Compromise...
  • Axelrod Says Health Reform Supporters Are on the 'One Yard Line'

    12/20/2009 1:09:34 PM PST · by Baladas · 50 replies · 1,234+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 12/20/09 | Bruce Drake
    Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod said today that supporters of health care reform are "right on the one-yard line" to push through passage of the legislation now that the Senate Democratic leadership says it has the 60 votes necessary to pass their version this week. Axelrod offered that optimistic prediction, when asked on CNN's State of the Union to describe progress with a football analogy, even though the Senate bill still would have to be reconciled with House legislation that has provisions that didn't pass muster in the upper chamber, and in the face of numerous public opinion polls...
  • Live Thread; Senate Health Care Debate 12/20/09 - 12/21/09 (Senator Coburn Speaking Right Now)

    12/20/2009 1:16:36 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 39 replies · 1,593+ views
    C-Span ^ | 12/20/09 | US Senate
    I didn't know it until a couple minutes ago, but Senator Coburn is speaking now, likely to an empty chamber. At 1AM EST tomorrow - I think - a new procedural vote happens, and we'll see if the Democrats have their 60 votes.
  • Mystery $100 million payoff buried in Senate health care bill

    12/20/2009 1:39:59 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 63 replies · 2,986+ views
    Per the link, buried on page 328 and entitled, "SEC. 10502. INFRASTRUCTURE TO EXPAND ACCESS TO..", there is an appropriation for an undisclosed state to receive from the Federal Treasury $100,000,000, to build or expand a state university medical school. The language reads... "(a) APPROPRIATION.—There are authorized to be appropriated, and there are appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, to remain available for obligation until September 30, 2011, to be used for debt service on, or direct construction or renovation of, a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or...
  • GOP decries 'rationing' on eve of health vote

    11/21/2009 2:18:32 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 706+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, November 21, 2009 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    One of the last three uncommitted Democrats, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, said Friday he would vote to begin debate on the Senate's health care bill; meanwhile, the Republican opposition opened a new front, arguing that the legislation would lead to health care rationing. Mr. Nelson said he would support the procedural vote scheduled for Saturday night because he didn't want to obstruct reform efforts. He also said he hoped to improve the legislation on the floor.

    12/03/2009 9:04:10 PM PST · by socialismisinsidious · 2 replies · 376+ views
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    Obamacare: How the Unions are "Getting Well" ^ | 12/3/2009 | Howard Rich Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 1:52:56 AM by Nachum It’s already being called the “Second Louisiana Purchase,” but the sad truth is that a controversial payoff to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s home state of Louisiana is among the smallest of the thinly-disguised bribes and kickbacks that are being offered in Washington D.C. to secure passage of President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine proposal. The Legislative Trigger and the Public Health Care Option The Woodward Report ^ | Stuart M. Butler Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009...