Heineman urges Nelson 'no' vote

Monday, December 21, 2009

LINCOLN -- Gov. Dave Heineman today sent the following letter to U.S. Senator Ben Nelson regarding the health care reform:

"Thank you for your December 20th letter.

"Regarding the unfunded Medicaid mandate, Nebraskans expect a fair deal not a special deal. Governors all across America are troubled by this unfunded Medicaid mandate. If the U.S. Senate plans to address the unfunded mandates issue, all states must receive fair and equal treatment. Neither Nevada, Vermont, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Nebraska, nor any other state should receive a special Medicaid deal that is not available to other states. It is imperative that every state is treated fairly and equally or all special deals must be removed.

"However, the bottom line remains this bill is bad news for Nebraska and bad news for America. The effects on our State and the Nation will be disastrous and Nebraskans are asking you to stop this bill in its tracks. Nebraska's businesses, as expressed by the State Chamber, are worried about middle class tax increases and the loss of jobs. Nebraska's seniors are outraged about Medicare cuts. Nebraska's pro-life community is furious with your compromise. Nebraska families are concerned about future increased premiums.

"Senator Nelson, Nebraskans are strongly opposed to this bill. As Governor, I urge you to reconsider your position and vote "No" on the next cloture vote currently scheduled for tomorrow morning."

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  • Thank you Governor Heineman. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one in Nebraska that thinks Ben Nelson did not represent his state in voting on the health care bill. Besides Nebraska businesses,seniors on medicare, pro-life commuinity and Nebraska families... hospitals and doctors nationwide should be very concerned about their future.Medicare already wants to cut physician payments by 12% and who knows what nightmare congress will give our nations hospitals. Has anyone ever wondered why medical care is already over priced? The government and all of it's red tape, requirements and unfunded

    mandates. We have enough government. More and more

    rules and regs coming down the pike everyday. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. STOP THE MADNESS. Get ahold of this so called "health care reform" bill and throw

    it out. Take your time and do this right. Surely

    someone in Washington can come up with a better plan. Who else gets a retirement after 4 years of service? It's time for them to rise to the challenge, instead of "what's in it for me and my

    state?" Come on Ben, let's spin the wheel one more time.

    -- Posted by redjacket on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 2:27 PM
  • Republican's Abolished Slavery. Republican's built the inter state highway and Republican's ended our involvement in Vietnam.

    Thanks for letting us know where you stand on those issue's.

    -- Posted by wallismarsh on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 6:03 AM
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