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Ben Nelson: Health Care "Sweetheart Deal" Not Meant Just for Nebraska
CBS News Blog ^ | 01/08/2010 | Stephanie Condon

Posted on 01/11/2010 9:34:46 PM PST by bushwon

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) now says he never intended to give his state special treatment in the Democrats' health care legislation.

The moderate Democrat has been roundly criticized for a so-called "sweetheart deal" he struck with Democratic leaders in return for his support of the bill. In the deal, any expansion of Medicaid in the state of Nebraska would be paid for completely with federal funds, while other states would have to dip into their state budgets to meet the required expansion. Republicans called it the "cornhusker kickback."

Now as Democrats in the House and the Senate work to merge their two bills, Nelson says he is requesting that the federal government pay for the full Medicaid expansion in all 50 states, or allow states to opt out of their increased payments.

"I've been in serious discussions with Senate leaders and others to secure changes in the bill to treat all states equally," Nelson said in his statement.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bankruptamerica; bennelson; breakthebank; obamacare; senate; socializedmedicine
Uh yeah right...

Didn't he first say the Governor of Nebraska wanted him to make the deal?

Now, he says really wasn't trying to make a sweetheart deal for Nebraska, but was doing it for ALL 50 States (or 57 if you are the Harvard-educated dear leader).

Perhaps he can sell oceanfront property in Omaha when he is voted out of office?!

1 posted on 01/11/2010 9:34:47 PM PST by bushwon
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To: bushwon

Ben better update his resume and start ordering his packing boxes.


2 posted on 01/11/2010 9:36:11 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: bushwon

FU Ben Nelson, I’m from NY and I say YOU’RE FIRED.


3 posted on 01/11/2010 9:36:34 PM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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To: bushwon
Didn't he first say the Governor of Nebraska wanted him to make the deal?

I don't know what Nelson said about the governor but said governor has blasted Nelson and the deal.

4 posted on 01/11/2010 9:37:07 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Get lost, Mitt. You're the Eddie Haskell of the Republican party." (Finny))
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To: bushwon

I'd buy *that* for a dollar!

5 posted on 01/11/2010 9:41:25 PM PST by DemforBush (Never mind that *bleep*, here comes Mongo!)
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To: bushwon

I heard today that this would add only $25b more to the cost of behemoth. Way to go Ben! You da man.


6 posted on 01/11/2010 9:42:21 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (To understan' the livin' you got to commune wit' da dead.)
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To: Graybeard58

I don’t know what Nelson said about the governor but said governor has blasted Nelson and the deal.


Oh clarification, the Governor never said he wanted a sweetheart deal, Nelson just tried to BLAME the Governor initially. Since that excuse did not stick and the GOP Governor said to return the moneym now we find Nelson is saying he is doing it for all states, not just Nebraska.

He is a very untrustworthy stranger to the truth in my opinion.


7 posted on 01/11/2010 9:42:28 PM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

“YOU LIE!”


8 posted on 01/11/2010 9:48:05 PM PST by kik5150
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To: bushwon
Nelson says he is requesting that the federal government pay for the full Medicaid expansion in all 50 states, or allow states to opt out of their increased payments.

So Ben Nelson, you dumb ass liberal idiot, where would the additional federal money come for all 50 (or 57) states to cover the Medicare & Medicaid expansion??? Is the $1.2 trillion now supposed to cover yet another $500 billion or so??? How about if we just have liberals fund the whole thing??? You dumb ass traitor pig!!!

9 posted on 01/11/2010 9:49:36 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: rcrngroup
This guy is going to screw himself all the way to the Earth's million degree core before it is all over.
10 posted on 01/11/2010 9:52:06 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Ilaughed so hard while having my nitecap, I almost lost another keyboard on your post ;)


11 posted on 01/11/2010 9:56:41 PM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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12 posted on 01/11/2010 10:02:45 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: ExTexasRedhead
start ordering his packing boxes.

No need to order boxes. I'm sure there are still plenty of Kennedy's liquor boxes around the Senate Office Building.

13 posted on 01/11/2010 10:03:25 PM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98...Ain't no Newbie!)
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To: bushwon
Republicans called it the "cornhusker kickback."

You'd think a professional writer would know something about the capitalization of proper nouns.

14 posted on 01/11/2010 10:11:16 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: bushwon
What do you get when you put a tie on a sack of crap?

A member of Congress.

15 posted on 01/11/2010 10:12:51 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: bushwon

Not to justify Nelson’s sellout, but the Cornhusker Kickback brings up an interesting question on unfunded mandates. Unless things have changed, the Nebraska Constitution requires that the state operate in the black. (note to other states). No one seems to know what the 4300 pages of undecipherable legalize in front of Congress contains, except for a few minor details here and there. What does seem to be known is that the thing is booby trapped with dumping significant portions of the population unto Medicaid. This is associated with large unpredictable future Medicaid expenses for the states in the relatively near future through no action of any state legislature.Nelson’s worse sin is his callus abandonment of the unborn. The deal seems to give some kind of state rights in opting out of funding for abortions, but in general, seems to require everyone else to pay $1 per month.


16 posted on 01/12/2010 1:59:53 AM PST by Western Phil
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To: ExTexasRedhead
Ben better update his resume and start ordering his packing boxes.

Has Ben should start sending his resumes to the local Mickey D's to see if they need someone with his superior mental skills.

17 posted on 01/12/2010 6:11:58 AM PST by dearolddad
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