Senator Nelson Shoots Down Latest Compromise on Health Care Bill

Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska said ‘no-go’ on the most recent health care bill that Harry Reid and the Democrats have compiled.  This most likely will derail President Obama’s efforts to have a Senate health care bill done by Christmas.

“As it is, without modifications, the language concerning abortion is not sufficient,”

With the public option hollowed out, abortion remained the biggest sticking point for the bill to get through the Senate.  This is surprising due to the fact that if Democrats and liberals who want this passed for the benefit of all Americans have shown their true colors that abortion, ie, killing babies, is what they ultimately stand for.

Mounting opposition is continuing to grow beyond Republicans and conservatives.  Liberals such as Governor Howard Dean and left-wing extremists such as Keith Olbermann have been raising their voices that the health care bill does not satisfy what they think health care reform should be.

Governor Dean says it will bankrupt our nation.

“[A]s it stands, this bill would do more harm than good to the future of America,”

Mr. Olbermann had even more vicseral words to add.

“unsupportable … a hollow shell of a bill” … “This is not health, this is not care, this is certainly not reform.”

President Obama and his proxies have addressed these concerns, but with their departure for the mythological Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, it seems the bill will stall even more.

It doesn’t get any better.

Self-identified pro-lifer and Catholic, Senator Bob Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania, got a chastised by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the head of the USCCB office of pro-life activities, for playing language limbo concerning abortion and how it’s worded in the current manifestation of the health care bill.

In my opinion, when your own base wants you to scuttle the current bill, you are looking at an even scarier reelection scenario come 2010.

And to put Senator Nelson’s decision in perspective, he was threatened with closure of an air force base that employs 10,000 Nebraskans in Omaha by President Obama if he didn’t tow the line.  Though Senator Nelson has come out and denied this, but surely to save President Obama’s image in my opinion.

Talk about the Chicago Way!

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To read how Senator Ben Nelson shot down the latest compromise of the health care bill by Erica Werner of the Associated Press click here.

To read why abortion is the central tenet of the Democratic Party by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report click here.

To read Cardinal DiNardo’s comments on the self-identified pro-lifer and Catholic Bob Casey, Jr. by Patrick Archbold of the Creative Minority Report click here.

To read about the threat that President Obama issued to Senator Nelson by Jack Smith of The Catholic Key Blog click here.

To read the new liberal opposition to the current health care bill by Mike Allen of Politico click here.

5 Responses to Senator Nelson Shoots Down Latest Compromise on Health Care Bill

  • Elaine Krewer says:

    The rumor regarding Offutt Air Force Base being threatened with closure is almost certainly wrong. It was first reported by political gossip columnists who are not always reliable.

    The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission process required by federal law takes years to complete and requires Congressional approval of any proposed list of base closings in full on a straight up or down vote.

    No military base can be closed on the orders of the POTUS alone. Even if Obama tried to start a new BRAC Commission today and get Offutt AFB placed on the closure list he would probably be long out of office before any decision was made. If Sen. Nelson says this rumor is not true I would take his word for it.

  • Elaine Krewer says:

    Actually, I need to correct my previous post.

    The BRAC process is normally initiated by either the Department of Defense or (in the most recent BRAC round in 2005) by Congress itself. The actual process of appointing the commission, visiting bases proposed for closure, making recommendations, etc. usually takes 1 to 2 years. If the POTUS approves a final list of BRAC recommendations, then Congress must either accept or reject the list in its entirety. Then the actual process of carrying out any closures on the list can take up to 5 years longer.

    My point remains, though, that the POTUS cannot unilaterally decide to close ANY military facility. If a new BRAC process were started tomorrow, it would take until at least the end of 2011 or early 2012 to get a list of proposed closures. Even the small to medium size facility closures on past BRAC lists have been controversial; an attempt to close a facility as huge and strategically significant as Offutt AFB (home of the Strategic Air Command) would be a political disaster of Biblical proportions.

  • Elaine Krewer says:

    All that being said… the bottom line is that Sen. Nelson is under tremendous pressure from the White House and from fellow Dems to change his vote, and he does urgently need our prayers and support.

  • Tito Edwards says:

    Elaine,

    Thanks for clarifying the situation concerning the base closure. I posted the updated link that showed Senator Nelson debunking this, but as you said, he is under a tremendous amount of pressure and the left-wing zealots will do every evil thing imaginable to get their baby killing legislation in the ‘health care’ bill.

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