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  • 13 State AGs Categorically Reject "Nebraska Compromise;" To Litigate if Not Removed

    01/08/2010 7:35:50 AM PST · by Phil_GA · 22 replies · 1,088+ views
    The Right Side of Life ^ | 01/07/2010 | Phil
    As I had referenced in a previous posting, lots of State-level resistance is brewing against the congressional healthcare plan, HR3590. Now has posted an article summarizing that Alabama Attorney General Troy King has gone on the offensive regarding the "Nebraska Compromise." What is the premise of the compromise? According to one of Mr. King's pressers: The "Nebraska Compromise," as it is being called, would ostensibly require the remaining 49 States to recoup the loss of Nebraska's Medicaid payments, and was added to the Senate bill in return for the vote of Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson (D). With the addition...
  • Nelson says he wants Medicaid deal for all states (Nelson wants the bribes extended to all)

    01/07/2010 4:08:17 PM PST · by tobyhill · 30 replies · 1,120+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1/7/2010 | TIMBERLY ROSS/AP
    Sen. Ben Nelson said Thursday he has asked Democratic leadership to extend to all states the extra Medicaid funding promised to Nebraska in the health care reform bill. The Democrat wouldn't say who he has spoken to regarding the so-called "Cornhusker Kickback" but that he would see to it that Nebraska doesn't get a special deal. "At the end of the day, whatever Nebraska gets will be available to all states," Nelson said during a conference call with reporters. Nelson provided the crucial 60th vote that brought the reform bill to the full Senate after winning concessions to limit the...
  • Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak Admits Deal for Ben Nelson's Vote was "A Disgrace" - Video 1/7/10

    01/07/2010 1:19:37 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 10 replies · 361+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 7, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak saying in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he thought the deal Democrats made with Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson for his Health Care vote was "a disgrace." Sestak said bluntly that the Democrats have been less than open in their dealings: "At times, I find the caucus is a real disappointment. We aren't transparent, not just to the public but at times to the members . . . . "You have to give Rep. Sestak credit for being honest in these comments. What they have done in ramming through the Health...
  • Sen. Ben Nelson: Say, Maybe We Shudda Waited on Healthcare ‘Reform’

    01/07/2010 10:50:10 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 17 replies · 842+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 01/07/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Every week we are seeing another Democrat deciding not to run for re-election or one that is switching parties to the GOP all due to the wild, left-wing overreach indulged in by the Obama Administration and its cohorts in Congress. Connecticut's Senator Chris Dodd is only the latest heavy hitter Democrat that is looking for an "exit strategy," if you will. And with all these pols looking to jump ship, the infamous 60th vote on healthcare, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, suddenly finds that bringing healthcare to a vote so soon was a bit of a mistake! On Wednesday, Nelson,...
  • The Democrats' Sinking Ship

    01/06/2010 4:41:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 2,691+ views ^ | January 6, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Election 2010: The back-to-back Senate retirements of Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd may be just the beginning. The people have seen the future of health care reform and found it doesn't work. Apres moi, le deluge. We don't know what the Mayan calendar says about 2010, but it's starting to look like the end of the world for Democratic electoral prospects. Americans who watched in shock as government tried to step between them and their doctors, may have the last laugh. The tea party isn't over until the angry mob votes. As rage grew over the attempt to nationalize one-sixth...
  • Arkansas senator rips Nebraska health care deal (RAT Lincoln wants RAT Nelson bribe removed)

    01/06/2010 2:58:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 838+ views
    KSWO ^ | 1/06/10 | ANDREW DeMILLO
    Arkansas senator rips Nebraska health care dealUpdated: Jan 06, 2010 11:56 AM EST By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln said a political deal that benefits Nebraska and may have clinched a lawmaker's support for health care legislation should be removed from the bill. The Democratic senator from Arkansas on Tuesday said she was disappointed about a provision in the Senate's health care bill that will require the federal government to permanently pay the entire cost of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska, while only paying the costs of expansion in the other 49...
  • The Cornhusker Pushback (State AGs say Ben Nelson's Medicaid deal is unconstitutional)

    01/05/2010 1:45:54 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies · 1,397+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-05-10 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    'It's not a special deal,'' Ben Nelson told the New York Times of the special deal that converted him into the 60th Senator for ObamaCare. "It's a fair deal. Some people said I was getting money for Nebraska. That's wrong. I was just getting rid of an underfunded federal mandate. There's nothing sleazy about it. I cracked the door open for other states." The other states think somewhat less of Mr. Nelson's benevolence. Under the "Cornhusker Kickback," the federal government will pay all of Nebraska's new Medicaid costs forever, while taxpayers in the other 49 states will see their budgets...
  • States Warn Congress of Possible Lawsuit Over Nebraska’s ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ (13 and counting!)

    01/05/2010 10:48:11 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 36 replies · 2,010+ views ^ | January 05, 2010 | Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
    Thirteen state attorneys general have sent a letter to Congress threatening legal action against health care reform unless a provision in the Senate bill given to Nebraska is removed. The provision is known as the “Cornhusker Kickback,” because it gives Nebraska a permanent exemption from paying for Medicaid expenses that would be required of all the other states. This means that taxpayers in other states would be paying for an increase in Nebraska’s Medicaid population. Medicaid is a federal-state health care program for the poor. “This provision is constitutionally flawed,” the attorneys general wrote. “As chief legal officers of our...
  • Ben Nelson's Bogus Infomercial

    01/05/2010 7:49:27 AM PST · by NetRight Nation · 2 replies · 357+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | January 5, 2009 | Bill Wilson
    Move over Psychic Friends Network. Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson just became the latest contender for the infomercial throne. He’s pitching his own brand of healthcare snake oil. And, he’s sealing the sale in truest infomercial pitchman form, with the bogus guarantee: “Remember, folks, it’s not run by government.” Even the infamous PFN was never so shameless. At least they always added the caveat: “For entertainment purposes only.” Ben Nelson, of course, can’t do that – because his infomercial is no more entertaining that it is honest. After having voted to saddle every citizen of Nebraska (as well as the nation...
  • Omaha Steaks' response to Nelson boycott

    01/03/2010 5:57:21 AM PST · by Atomic Vomit · 101 replies · 5,652+ views
    Here is my letter to Omaha Steaks ( & their reply re: Ben Nelson support and boycott of Omaha Steaks- My name is ____ (Atomic Vomit). I have gifted others with your fine beef over the years. Now that I have found that your company is a major contributor to Sen. Ben Nelson I will no longer purchase or accept your products. You support Ben Nelson- I dont support you. Pass this on to Senator Nelson. He's costing your company a lot of business. Nelson wont listen to American voters. He Will listen to you. Tell Ben Nelson he's fired....
  • Sending Ben Nelson A Message!

    01/02/2010 12:05:53 PM PST · by PennsylvaniaMom · 24 replies · 1,877+ views
    www.HillBuzz.Org ^ | January 1, 2010 | HillBuzz
    Senator Ben Nelson needs to be driven from office, either forced to resign by overwhelming public pressure, or driven from office by the powerful people who sent him there to begin with: namely, his large donors.
  • Nelson's office asked AGs to 'call off the dogs' on health probe

    01/02/2010 11:35:06 AM PST · by mdittmar · 78 replies · 3,547+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/02/10 | Tony Romm
    "Call off the dogs" is the message Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) sent a coalition of Republican attorneys general examining the constitutionality of the Senate's healthcare bill, according to media reports. That request, made by Nelson's chief of staff to South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster on Thursday, arrives just days after 13 states' top prosecutors signaled they would examine the legality of the bill's Medicaid provisions, which in part won Democrats Nelson's vote. At issue is a condition in the bill's Medicaid rules that would essentially cover all of Nebraska's new program participants. The deal, referred to by many...
  • Heat Rises on Nebraska's Nelson

    01/01/2010 6:21:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 72 replies · 4,276+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 2, 2010 | SUSAN DAVIS
    Senator Launches Ad Campaign at Home to Defend Key Vote on Health Bill Facing an outcry at home in Nebraska for casting the critical vote in favor of a health-care overhaul, Sen. Ben Nelson has launched a new ad campaign to defend his position. "I'm convinced this is right for Nebraska," says Sen. Nelson in the ad, which aired during the University of Nebraska's Holiday Bowl game Wednesday night and statewide Thursday. He says he took a "common-sense approach to improve the bill." Mr. Nelson, who faces re-election in 2012, backed the Senate health-care bill only after lengthy talks in...
  • Ben Nelson to Henry McMaster: 'Call off the dogs'

    01/01/2010 1:38:39 PM PST · by maggief · 122 replies · 4,405+ views
    Politico ^ | January 1, 2010 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) reached out Thursday evening to South Carolina GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster, the leader of a group of 13 Republican state attorneys general who are threatening to file suit against the Senate health care bill, and urged him to forgo any legal action, POLITICO has learned. According to a copy of a memo sent by McMaster’s chief of staff to other GOP state attorneys general detailing the call, Nelson asked McMaster to “call off the dogs,” a reference to recent threats by the state AGs to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Medicaid provision...
  • Panicked Nelson backtracks on Medicare bribe

    01/01/2010 2:16:32 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 40 replies · 2,421+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 1, 2010 | Bill Dupray
    Hmmm. He must have seen the polls. If this isn't a full retreat, I have never seen one. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) reached out Thursday evening to South Carolina GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster, the leader of a group of 13 Republican state attorneys general who are threatening to file suit against the Senate health care bill, and urged him to forgo any legal action, POLITICO has learned. According to a copy of a memo sent by McMaster’s chief of staff to other GOP state attorneys general detailing the call, Nelson asked McMaster to “call off the dogs,” a reference...
  • Truth Truck Will Deliver New Year's Message to Pro-life Traitor Sen. Ben Nelson

    01/01/2010 1:11:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 638+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 1/1/10 | Operation Rescue
    Neighborhood protest of Senator's home will show the truth about the results of taxpayer funded abortion Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue,  OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 1 /Christian Newswire/ -- An abortion protest featuring Operation Rescue's Truth Truck will be conducted on New Year's Day near the Omaha home of Sen. Ben Nelson. The protest against Nelson's scheme for tax-funded abortions will be held on January 1, 2010, in the neighborhood of 9735 Fieldcrest Drive in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 2 PM, Central Time. "The Pro-Life Movement will be making Sen. Nelson aware of our New Year's Resolution....
  • Ben Nelson Panics: Starts Massive Ad Campaign - ObamaCare Will Kill Careers

    12/31/2009 9:56:13 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 62 replies · 3,142+ views
    Senator Ben Nelson and his friends (of the leftist MSM) have discovered that the senator from Nebraska may have committed political suicide by voting for ObamaCare. Yahoo! News reports that, according to pollster Scott Rasmussen, Nelson would only receive 30% of the votes if elections were held today, while his (unnamed) Republican competitor could count on 61%. That’s a massive gap of 31%. It goes to show just how unpopular ObamaCare is. Nelson’s health care vote is clearly dragging his numbers down. Just 17% of Nebraska voters approve of the deal their senator made on Medicaid in exchange for his...
  • Rasmussen: Health Care Vote Puts Nelson 30 Points Down in Reelection Bid

    12/30/2009 7:25:30 PM PST · by GVnana · 37 replies · 2,047+ views
    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 the Republican would get 61% of the vote while Nelson would get just 30%. Nelson was reelected to a second Senate term in 2006 with 64% of the vote. Nelson's health care vote is clearly dragging his numbers down. Just 17% of Nebraska voters approve of the deal their senator made on Medicaid in exchange for his vote in support of the plan. Overall, 64%...
  • Senator Nelson Defends His Health Care Vote

    12/30/2009 7:28:52 PM PST · by freespirited · 32 replies · 1,922+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 12/30/09 | Monica Davey
    Senator Ben Nelson took to the airwaves in his home state on Wednesday, trying to defend his decisive 60th vote in favor of broad health care legislation. In the days since,Nelson has faced scathing political cartoons, busy phone lines and criticism of his position, even from some former supporters. To explain his vote, he appeared in an advertisement scheduled to be broadcast statewide on Wednesday evening during the one occasion when most Nebraskans were certain to be found before a television — the Holiday Bowl, in which the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers faced the Arizona Wildcats. “With all the distortions...
  • 13 AGs threaten suit over health care

    12/30/2009 3:34:50 PM PST · by freespirited · 10 replies · 780+ views
    Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska's political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to The Associated Press Wednesday. "We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed," South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and the 12 other attorneys general wrote in the letter to be sent Wednesday night to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this...
  • Ben Nelson's Purgatory

    12/30/2009 2:43:08 PM PST · by Def Conservative · 28 replies · 1,207+ views
    The scriptures refer to reaping the whirlwind. That certainly describes Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson after the first state-wide poll since the controversial deal he cut in exchange for his deciding vote on the Senate health care bill. A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows that if he were running for re-election today, Mr. Nelson would lose to Nebraska's GOP Governor David Heineman by a stunning 61% to 30%. Only three years ago, Mr. Nelson won his current term with a solid 64% of the vote. Clearly, the senator's fall in public esteem is a direct reaction to his having voted for...
  • Dear Senator Nelson:

    12/30/2009 1:47:04 PM PST · by radioone · 2 replies · 417+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12-30-09 | Becky F. Hollibaugh, D.O.
    Dear Senator Nelson: 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).
  • CARTOON: Ben Nelson's Snake Oil Infomercial

    12/30/2009 12:40:05 PM PST · by NetRight Nation · 7 replies · 951+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | December 30, 2009 | William Warren
    With Ben Nelson's Health Care infomercial set to air this evening, let's remember what he did to the state of Nebraska:
  • Ben Nelson to Run Television Ad Defending Health Care-Abortion Compromise

    12/30/2009 11:45:59 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies · 1,682+ views ^ | Dec.30, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Lincoln, NE ( -- One day after a new poll showed him tanking with Nebraska voters because of his decision to compromise his long-held pro-life views and become the 60th vote for the pro-abortion health care bill, Sen. Ben Nelson will run a television commercial during a college football bowl game to defend his decision. Nelson will make his case for supporting the Senate government-run health care bill that forces taxpayers to fund abortions and would allow the Obama administration to make insurance companies pay for abortions with taxpayers' premiums. He will air a 30-second television spot during Wednesday night's...
  • Nelson’s sellout could cost him his Senate seatLet;

    12/29/2009 3:22:29 PM PST · by DecoyJames · 4 replies · 432+ views
    Let's make sure it does! Rasmussen Reports found that Nelson’s sellout on the ObamaCare bill would hurt the Senator should he have to face Heineman "Republican" in 2012
  • Nelson blunders Nebraskan reaction to health care vote

    12/30/2009 4:11:15 AM PST · by paltz · 23 replies · 2,293+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 12/30/09 | Kerry Picket
    A day before Sen. Ben Nelson (D - NE) voted for the passage of the Senate's version of the health care reform bill, the Nebraska Senator appeared confident before reporters that his vote would not hurt him back in Nebraska. Last week, The Washington Times asked him what he expected from his constituents, when he returned home after the Senate recessed for Christmas.: "Well, two types[of constituents]. Those who are saying very positive things about this legislation and those that have the opposite point of view. There’s nothing new about that."
  • Beleaguered Nelson to air TV ad tonight

    12/29/2009 11:05:18 PM PST · by Def Conservative · 45 replies · 2,198+ views
    As a fresh poll measured the political cost of Sen. Ben Nelson's health reform vote, he prepared Tuesday to take his case directly to Nebraskans during Wednesday night's Holiday Bowl game. Nelson will air a new TV ad in which he attempts to debunk opposition claims that the Senate legislation represents a government takeover, and he makes the case for health care reform. "With all the distortions about health care reform, I want you to hear directly from me," the Democratic senator says in the ad. Nelson, dressed in an open-necked shirt and sweater, speaks directly into the camera during...
  • Poll: Health Care Vote May be Bad News for Ben Nelson in 2012 (17% Approval rating!)

    12/29/2009 6:20:04 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 51 replies · 2,497+ views ^ | 12/29/2009 | Staff
    Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson may get burned in his next election by the health care debate, regardless of how he ultimately votes for the Democrats' reform package, but he may be better off opposing it, a new poll shows. Under intense pressure to fall in line with the rest of the Democratic caucus in the Senate, moderate Ben Nelson finally voted to end a Republican filibuster on the health care bill after cutting a deal to pay for an expansion of Medicaid in Nebraska with federal rather than state dollars. However, only 17 percent of Nebraska voters approve of the...
  • Poll: Ben Nelson's Abortion Funding Compromise Costs Him With Nebraska Voters

    12/29/2009 4:20:17 PM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 850+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/28/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Lincoln, NE ( -- Until his recent sellout on abortion funding, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson was a darling of the pro-life movement as the lone consistent pro-life Democrat in the Senate. Now, a new poll shows him losing massive support and he would lose by a lopsided margin in his 2012 bid for re-election. A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows Nelson struggling after becoming the 60th and deciding vote for the Senate's pro-abortion health care bill. Should pro-life Republican Governor Dave Heineman challenge Nelson for his Senate seat, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows he would get 61% of...
  • Election 2012: Nebraska Senate

    12/29/2009 12:58:23 PM PST · by Justaham · 7 replies · 464+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 12-29-09
    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 the Republican would get 61% of the vote while Nelson would get just 30%. Nelson was reelected to a second Senate term in 2006 with 64% of the vote. Nelson's health care vote is clearly dragging his numbers down. Just 17% of Nebraska voters approve of the deal their senator made on Medicaid in exchange for his vote in support of the plan. Overall, 64%...
  • Oh my! Rasmussen Poll Has Ben Nelson Down 30 Points to Heineman After Health-Care Reversal

    12/29/2009 10:59:18 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 27 replies · 1,228+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Bluegrass Pundit
    A new Rasmussen poll has Senator Ben Nelson down 30 points in a theoretical race against current Republican Governor Heineman. Nelson's health care vote seems to be the reason. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Nebraska voters oppose the health care legislation Ben Nelson voted for, including fifty-three percent (53%) who are strongly opposed. Only 17% of Nebraska voters approve of the deal Senator Ben Nelson made to sell his vote for a special Medicaid deal. An April 2006 poll by Survey USA found him to be the Senator with the highest popularity rating, 73%, among his own constituents.
  • Ben Nelson Trailing Republican In Nebraska By 31 Points In New Rasmussen Poll (Chart)

    12/29/2009 9:21:22 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 26 replies · 1,186+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 12/29/09 | HAP
    He'll have plenty of time to play golf after the 2012 election,... this one isn't even close, remember, Nelson got 64% of the vote in 2006....See ya Ben..
  • Poll: Nelson's Abortion Funding Compromise Costs Him With Nebraska Voters

    12/29/2009 8:42:39 AM PST · by julieee · 22 replies · 1,573+ views ^ | December 29, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Poll: Nelson's Abortion Funding Compromise Costs Him With Nebraska Voters Lincoln, NE -- Until his recent sellout on abortion funding, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson was a darling of the pro-life movement as the lone consistent pro-life Democrat in the Senate. Now, a new poll shows him losing massive support and he would lose by a lopsided margin in his 2012 bid for re-election.
  • 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...
  • Nebraska governor to Ben Nelson: Keep the money

    12/24/2009 7:24:51 PM PST · by Irisshlass · 66 replies · 4,178+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/24/09 | Manu Raju
    Nebraska’s Republican governor has a stern message for Ben Nelson, the senior Democratic senator from his state: We don’t want Washington to cover all the costs of the proposed expansion of Medicaid under health care legislation. “The last few days have made Nebraskans so angry that now it’s a matter of principle,” Gov. David Heineman told POLITICO. “The federal government can keep that money
  • Ben Nelson Attacks Pro-Life Advocates, Defends Pro-Abortion Compromise

    12/24/2009 12:17:41 PM PST · by julieee · 43 replies · 2,032+ views ^ | December 24, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Ben Nelson Attacks Pro-Life Advocates, Defends Pro-Abortion Compromise Washington, DC -- Facing an enormous backlash for becoming the 60th vote for a health care bill that his language allows to fund abortions, Ben Nelson is striking back. In comments both on and off the Senate floor yesterday and today, Nelson lashed out at pro-life advocates and is defending his much-maligned compromise.
  • Attorney General Corbett analyzing constitutionality of "Nebraska Compromise" in health care bill

    12/24/2009 11:28:23 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 18 replies · 954+ views
    HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said today that his office is conducting a legal analysis of the constitutionality of the provision granting Nebraska a permanent exemption from paying Medicaid expenses that all other states, including Pennsylvania, are required to pay. Corbett said that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson secured this special provision for Nebraska in exchange for his support of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act. Corbett said, "The result of the Nelson amendment, which the media has dubbed 'The Nebraska Compromise,' could have dire financial consequences for Pennsylvania taxpayers, forcing them to help offset the cost of Nebraska's...
  • Please, Santa, How About Some Sanity in Congress

    12/24/2009 9:41:08 AM PST · by Welshman007 · 7 replies · 367+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | 12/24/09 | Anthony G. Martin
    Santa, you listening? Could you please give us some sanity in Congress this Christmas? After rushing headlong to approve a healthcare bill that many Constitutional experts say is blatantly unconstitutional, the chief idiots of the insane asylum that we call 'Congress' are now frantically attempting to show that the measure doesn't run afoul of clear Constitutional provisions. Perhaps the Einsteins among the Democratic leadership should listen to a statement made by their own President--that's right, Barack Hussein Obama.
  • Nelson defends anti-abortion compromise

    12/23/2009 7:03:22 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 38 replies · 1,302+ views
    Lincoln Journal-Star ^ | December 23, 2009 | Don Walton
    Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday he's convinced language he negotiated in the health care reform bill assures no public funds can be used to pay for abortions. "I did not compromise my pro-life principles," he said. "We just found different language that will work." Nelson helped negotiate the provision after failing to win Senate approval of an amendment that would match restrictive abortion language in the House bill. Nebraska Right to Life Executive Director Julie Schmit-Albin subsequently condemned the compromise and accused Nelson of betraying the pro-life organization, which endorsed his re-election in 2006. The three Catholic bishops in Nebraska...
  • Statue Honoring Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson Still a Go in Hometown (*mugshot not available)

    12/23/2009 7:53:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 742+ views
    1011now ^ | 12/23/09
    Statue Honoring Sen. Ben Nelson Still a Go in HometownMcCook, Nebraska Posted: 8:53 PM Dec 23, 2009 Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson's hometown is going ahead with plans to erect a statue in his honor despite vocal opposition to the Democrat's support of health care reform.
  • Can Somebody Please Explain The Obamacare Bill To Me?

    12/24/2009 2:39:46 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 40 replies · 1,166+ views
    Hi Freepers, I realize that only a few people are awake, but I am having trouble getting a clear, cliff-notes version explanation of the bill the Senate is about to vote on tomorrow. All I know for sure is that if Pelosi, Reid, and Obama are behind it--it must be very, very bad. It's finally sinking in that something "big" is happening. Up until now, I've avoided really examining the issue and its implications for fear of getting too upset. I've listened to coverage on every news network and end up being more confused. I realize that it may be...
  • Obamacare: Nightmare before Christmas

    12/23/2009 9:55:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 946+ views
    The Savannah Morning News ^ | December 23, 2009 | The Editors
    What's happening with ObamaCare this week in the Senate is raw, rank politics at its worst. PASSING LAWS has been compared to making sausage. But in the case of the mammoth health care bill expected to pass the Senate on Christmas Eve, that's an insult to employees at the Jimmy Dean plant. It's also a slap at Americans who want Congress to take its time to make thoughtful changes that will affect one seventh of the U.S. economy. President Obama campaigned on "change we can believe in." Most voters believed him. Yet many polls show that only a minority of...
  • We Have The Actual Roll Call Sheet. Nelson Was For It Before Being Against It [Barf Alert]

    12/23/2009 7:51:25 PM PST · by freespirited · 5 replies · 461+ views
    Red State ^ | 12/23/09 | Eric Erickson
    The Senate of the United States just voted to table Jim DeMint’s proposed amendment that would prevent cash for cloture compromises. As you will recall, Ben Nelson was bribed by Harry Reid to vote for the health care bill via targeted earmarks that will only benefit Nebraska. DeMint asked for the Senate to suspend its rules to consider his amendment, which would prohibit such deals in the future. Ben Nelson voted against Jim DeMint’s amendment, but when he realized the Democrats already had the votes to kill it, he raced back up to the clerk and changed his vote so...
  • Health Care Not In Constitution

    12/23/2009 5:08:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,647+ views ^ | December 23, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Self-Evident Truths: Sen. Dianne Feinstein says it comes under the Commerce Clause. Rep. Steny Hoyer says it's mandated by the "general welfare" clause. Despite liberal wishes, health care is not a right. The "living Constitution" that Democrats and their court appointees have given us may be the death of our freedoms. Their constitution adapts to the times and serves the whims of the elitists. The Constitution is supposed to limit government powers. It does not allow government to do anything it feels like doing. Cass Sunstein, the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is the author of...
  • Prosecutors question the constitutionality of ‘Nebraska compromise’

    12/23/2009 5:13:23 PM PST · by thisisthetime · 22 replies · 915+ views
    AP via The Woodward Report ^ | December 22, 2009
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The top prosecutors in seven states are probing the constitutionality of a political deal that cut a funding break for Nebraska in order to pass a federal health care reform bill, South Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday. Attorney General Henry McMaster said he and his counterparts in Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, North Dakota, Texas and Washington state — all Republicans — are jointly taking a look at the deal they've dubbed the "Nebraska compromise." "The Nebraska compromise, which permanently exempts Nebraska from paying Medicaid costs that Texas and all other 49 states must pay, may violate the United...
  • From Jim Demint on Twitter on Ben Nelson

    12/23/2009 2:13:31 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 4 replies · 566+ views
    Ben Nelson of Nebraska switched during the roll call on earmark vote-trading, he was for it before he was against it. Also this from Demint, "Senate Democrats Vote to Continue Earmark Vote-Trading" ttp://
  • "Craven Betrayal": Associates Baffled by Nelson's Mysterious About-Face

    12/23/2009 1:43:40 PM PST · by freespirited · 54 replies · 2,000+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/20/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    After Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced Saturday that he had decided to support the amended health bill that allows federal funding of abortion, he set to work defending the decision in terms more familiar on the lips of his liberal colleagues: emphasizing the need for a compromise, and highlighting the greater good of the health of millions of Americans. Yet Nelson left behind a still-reeling pro-life and conservative constituency questioning what could have prompted the sudden change in the senator - who days before seemed so placidly settled in his convictions against the bill, particularly regarding abortion. The tension leading...
  • Ben Nelson Poll to FReep

    12/23/2009 12:58:57 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies · 1,536+ views
    The Columbus Telegram ^ | Dec 23, 2009 | Staff
    About half way down on the right side of the page. Sen. Ben Nelson stood firm on his principles. True False Unsure View Results
  • Ben Nelson's betrayal

    12/23/2009 12:48:27 PM PST · by rhema · 22 replies · 899+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | December 22, 2009 | Jill Stanek
    I received this question from a friend on Facebook: So, Jill, what happened with Nelson? You and other pro-life leaders were advising people to be "calm" and to thank him, and all indications now are that he prostituted his vote like so many others. How do you know who to trust? My friend was speaking about a blog post I wrote Dec. 11 encouraging pro-lifers to maintain support of Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. In that post I relayed an e-mail received from Democrats for Life's president, Kristen Day, assuring everyone Nelson was unwavering in his refusal to vote for any...
  • Nebraskans on Sen. Ben Nelson’s Healthcare sellout: “Sue us!”

    12/23/2009 11:39:47 AM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies · 1,549+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/22/09 | Jodi McLeod
    “Equality before the law” may be the state motto for Nebraska, but some Nebraskans are asking for sister states to sue the Cornhusker state. “Is there anyone out there that will sue the State of Nebraska and/or Senators Ben Nelson and Harry Reid?” asks Patricia Rief-Heskett of Omaha. .. “The deal the senator made for Nebraska is against the law and against the Constitution,” says Rief-Heskett... And the Omahans has crossed all of her ‘ts’ and dotted all of her ‘i’s. “Our Constitution states in Article 1, Section 9: `No preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or...