Skip to comments.BREAKING: Nelson To Vote For Healthcare In Exchange For Medicaid Payments To Nebraska
Posted on 12/19/2009 2:09:47 PM PST by opentalk
Not that this will come as any great shock, but Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), the lone Democrat holdout against the current iteration of healthcare reform, announced Saturday he will vote for the bill.
Also unsurprising: much like Mary "Louisiana Purchase" Landrieu (D-La.) before him, Nelson sold his vote and his very soul for some financial benefits to his state.
As Politico reported moments ago:
Sen. Mary Landrieu got the "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up most his state's future Medicaid tab -- forever.
As part of the deal to win Nelson's support, the federal government will fund Nebraska's new Medicaid recipients. It's a provision worth about $45 million over the first decade. [...]
Medicaid is usually paid for with a mix of federal and state funding, but Nelson's carve out means that any Medicaid beneficiaries who join the program after the bill passes will be funded by the federal government.
It's a sweet deal considering that many governors are worried that the Medicaid expansion will further strain already stressed state budgets.
Great. So states with fiscal problems of their own get their budgets squeezed as a result of this bill, but the man that history will show cast the deciding vote gets his state off the hook!
Beyond this, tax dollars went to bribe two key Democrats so that a bill will be passed that will raise our taxes further!
Is this what Hope and Change meant?
Exit question: If we now disaffectionately refer to Louisiana's Democrat Senator as Mary "Louisiana Purchase" Landrieu, what should we call Nelson for his historic sellout?
I've already heard Ben "Cornhusker Kickback" Nelson, but think that lacks punch.
Any other suggestions?
Senators are so cheap these days. sad.
The other Rats were pretty stupid for not holding out and getting their fair share of the bribe money.
I think the other states should sue the federal government for giving special privileges to Louisiana, Nebraska, and any other state that got special benefits in the healthcare plan. I had heard a few months back that three other states were getting the feds to pay for the state portion of the medicaid payments, and Nevada (Dirty Harry’s state) was one of them.
How about Ben Screwin the people nelson
LOL. This broke about 6 hours or so ago and multiple threads have discussed it here on FR. Breaking indeed.
Maybe our elected officials should remove all doubt, and simply carry large price tags announcing, “For Sale to Highest Bidder.” It would be a step on the road to clarity.
Seems not only unethical but illegal. There is no reason why taxpayers from other states have to be bound to these deals.
Looks like Nebraska beat Nevada in announcing male prostitutes.
Quick, all you poor destitute illegals trying to get a piece of the American pie (whats left of it) go to Nebraska and get MUCH more than you could get anywhere else!
Judas Ben-Nelson (D-Iscariot).
Healthcare for illegals goes in the reconciliation bill.
Federal funding of all abortions including partial-birth goes in the reconciliation bill.
Pick the worst possible outcome; that is the reconciliation bill.
Obama is happy.
In short, Nelson is against killing babies unless paid enough money to kill them.
As an aside, favoring one state over another like this sounds unconstitutional. Or at least corrupt.
Ben Nelson is the new male prostitute. Even Tiger Woods is saying “Oh come on, at least I gave the ladies a good time”
He just rolled over like a cheap whore. Email him like I did and let him know how you feel.
On the Politico 44 website it has this quote from Dear Reader “the American people will have the vote they deserve” on health reform........ THEY DESERVE wow that statement says it all.....
It would never pass the House.
My state's governor didn't see a problem.
totaly agree. this is bribery& extortion... they try not to hide it right in our face.............
Talk about a Corrupt Bargain.
Gee, my senators (Mikulski, Cardin) gave it away for free
I feel so...used
The federal government,namely the IRS, gave some privileges to members of one religious group(scientology) that other groups cannot get.
A Jewish couple took this all the way to SCOTUS who declined to review it. It is a pretty clear example of a violation of the Establishment clause..but no one will do anything about it.
I fully expect nothing to be done about Nelson’s Medicaid fiasco.
I apologize for the large, all caps text but I’m fuming & PI$$ED OFF!
Are you SURE you didn’t leave out the word WHITE somewhere in that quote portion from Dear Reader??
Somehow, the folks in Nebraska must force Ben to resign. Hire some private dectectives, dig up some dirt. Do like the Dems and Hilary do. Get in the game. Strike a blow for freedom.
He’s a whore. The only question was what was his price. Now we know.
“The other Rats were pretty stupid for not holding out and getting their fair share of the bribe money.”
This is what I sent via Facebook to 0bama’s pets Webb and Warner of VA:
Sen. xxxx, now that Sens. Landrieu, Sanders and Nelson have secured special earmarks and tax exemptions for their respective states in exchange for “aye” votes on 0bamaCare, and since you are going to reflexively support your party bosses, what was the price for your vote? What have you obtained for us in Virginia????
Just FYI - This already posted twice in FR Breaking News - first time was 8am today
Question for voters in Nebraska: Can you be bought...?
This was the title of the article at newsbusters, simple summary of the bottom line.
From Politico 44 Whiteboard, is that what you meant? From our Dear Reader quote.?
Maybe, but we have the pimp daddy.
What a whore puss face....but, he’s a DEM...so we all KNEW that.
I am going to write Midget Mikulski and ask her why I have to pay and Nebraskans dont.
I tried emailing him last night....but got response that his mailbox was full....
This one from your #17 post:
....quote from Dear Reader the (WHITE) American people will have the vote they deserve on health reform.....
since WE ARE NOW THE SLAVES.....
IMHO, it's just not just a "Heath Care Bill", it's reparations, or as the Marxist Progressives or Rev. Right pew sitters like to call it: Social Justice
“Benedict Arnold” Nelson
Hmmmmm....we have DEMS here in Oregon...maybe I should email THEM and DEMAND the same treatment that Nelson got!!! We sure could use the moolah! One way to kill it!
Osama BEN Laden
“I am going to write Midget Mikulski and ask her why I have to pay and Nebraskans dont.”
All those who are subjects to democrat senaturds (we’re no longer constituents, but subjects) should contact those senaturds and demand to know why their states didn’t get special treatment, too. At least since this battle is lost, we can add some heat from that angle.
Costs the USA a fortune for these cheap souled tasbards.
Your point is very real and will prove to be the unraveling of this catastrophe. If it’s free for one it should be free for all. This special accommodation is unconstitutional as a matter of equal protection. The abortion “states choice” disaster is dead for the same reason. Either this never makes it past the Supreme Court, or our constitution is truly dead and gone.
and the taxpayers of the country sit and watch.
I'll bet it was. That should tell him somthing. My guess is he won't learn from the message. Once a whore always a whore.