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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nelson on Board?

It appears the Democrats have snagged Ben Nelson and are on the verge of having sixty votes to pass health care reform.

With a self-imposed Christmas deadline at stake, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Saturday he has apparently secured the 60 votes needed to pass a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system.

"It seems that way," Reid said when asked at a news conference if he had all the required votes.

Reid's declaration came after he engineered a last-minute compromise in the health care debate that won the support of the lone Democratic holdout. The Congressional Budget Office said Reid's revisions would reduce the federal deficit by $132 billion over 10 years.

First, it must be noted that the CBO scoring only looks good because this bill starts collecting taxes right away and doesn't begin benefits in earnest for five years. Second, Nelson wasn't merely appeased by the abortion language but by "significant" funding for poor people in Nelson's state of Nebraska. Mary Landrieu was bribed with a similar $300 million bribe to provide Medicare assistance in her home state of Louisiana. The money quote came from Kent Conrad who said this when asked how much the assistance would be to the state of Nebraska.

Oh, it'll be much more

He was of course referring to the comparison between the concession to Nelson and to Landrieu. The political theater continues.


Anonymous said...

You sound so disappointed that the Democrats might pass a centrist bill.

susan said...

Senator Nelson has sold out the American people, and it seems he only was concerned about receiving perks for his own state. As we all can see, the bill still requires everyone to foot the bill for elective abortions.