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Triumph or disaster? Only time will tell
It's like going home and being bitten by the family dog.
That's how it feels to Sen. Ben Nelson, who points to the need to control costs as one of the main reasons he decided to support Senate health care reform despite much opposition.
Along the way, Nelson won anti-abortion language that is weaker than current language, elimination of a public option and the inclusion of full federal funding for expanded Medicaid coverage in Nebraska.
Republican Gov. Dave Heineman distanced himself from the special Medicaid funding, saying he didn't have anything to do with the Senate compromise, and noted that he had criticized Sen. Harry Reid for special deal Nevada got, and only wanted a fair deal for Nebraska.
Nelson responded that he would be happy to have the special Nebraska Medicaid eliminated if that's what Heineman wanted.
It should be interesting to see how that plays out.
Next comes reconciliation with the House bill and creation of the countless regulations that will put health care form into action.
Will our lives be better or worse when it is finally done?
Only time will tell.