Nelson statement on final Senate health care vote

Thursday, December 24, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Nebraska's Senator Ben Nelson released the following statement this morning after voting for final passage of the Senate's version of the health care reform bill. The bill now moves to conference committee where members of the House and Senate will work out a final compromise bill:

"Today, the Senate approved historic health reform. Let me be clear: it is not a government-run insurance program. It meets the principles I laid out for Nebraskans last summer: that it must hold down spending, help our small businesses, improve care, control costs and, most importantly, work for Nebraska.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will save $132 billion over the first 10 years and as much as $1.3 trillion over the second 10 years until 2029. That's cost control.

Our small businesses will have access to a new Small Business Health Options Program where they can pool together for better insurance coverage, and tax credits to help them cover employees.

The bill improves care by eliminating pre-existing conditions and the dropping of coverage when you get sick.

It lowers costs because it is fully paid for and includes $447 billion returned to middle class Americans in tax credits to help make insurance more affordable.

And it works for Nebraska: it has grants for doctors serving in rural areas, a Medicaid expansion insuring about 80,000 more Nebraskans and it promotes competition but not government-run health care. As a result, Nebraskans will obtain better care at lower cost."

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  • How can you in McCook spend one cent on a morally corrupt and bankrupt politican like Nelson. 67% of Nebraska did not favor the Senate Bill, yet Nelson still voted with his liberal buddies in Washington. He even put Nebraska in the spotlight as a backdoor, corrupt state with his Nebraska only Medicare exemption. He needs to leave office now, then leave the state and reside with his liberal spend friends.

    -- Posted by OmahaMike on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 11:16 AM
  • Stay in Omaha - Mike! Better yet, if you are so concerned about the "corrupt" state of Nebraska, you should leave the state yourself - such anger....

    -- Posted by commonsense2 on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 3:59 PM
  • Around the country Ben Nelson is perceived as a Man who talked about integrity for 4 days than sold out for money.

    I hope the money was worth his integrity. Normally, it isn't.

    -- Posted by wallismarsh on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 4:10 PM
  • Quit attacking Benny Nelly, he doesn't understand what he doeth. When your a politician and stuck in the mud, surrounded by the mud, you become the mud. To prove this point, he asks what is wrong, I prevented this and got rid of this and now your upset, why? He doesn't get it but most people that knew him before know that he doesn't get much of anything. Hope they don't want to rename Norris Ave. after him or some healthy tree.

    -- Posted by geewhiz on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 5:02 PM
  • Ben never cared what Nebrsakans had to say otherwise he would have delayed the vote to let us voice our opinions. I tried for weeks to call him and all I ever got was a "voicemail is full goodbye" message.

    This is simply corruption at it's finest. Selling your vote whatever happend to principles that Ben always talked about? He sure fooled all you folks who voted for him in the end he is nothing but a Liberal Democrat and towed the party line.

    -- Posted by Chaco1 on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 6:28 PM
  • DOes anoyne actually belive this is going to reduce costs and reduce the deficit? If so I have a bridge I would love to sell you. I bet it's as financially sucessful as Medicare, which is set to go bankrupt within ten years. WHat was the hurry folks? Why did we have to ram a bill through that does not go into effect until 2014? Of course the taxes start as soon as the bill becomes law.

    Ben sure did a number on all you who voted for him. SOme maverick and conservative. he sure towed the party line on this one and all it took was billions.

    -- Posted by Chaco1 on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 6:42 PM
  • I've lost all my faith in Ben. Time to get new people in the senate. Let's put a statue in the park of people in need and not of Ben. What has he done now to help us. Nothing. He might have tried in the past, but now it was slipped into us like never before. I'm sure others feel the same way.

    -- Posted by edbru on Fri, Dec 25, 2009, at 9:33 AM
  • How could any town erect a statue of a man hell bent on killing unborn babies with our tax dollars?

    -- Posted by oldrunner on Fri, Dec 25, 2009, at 1:08 PM
  • oldrunner:

    Seems like if they turn a blind eye to things that they will go away and not be heard of. You know how one hand washes the other......

    -- Posted by edbru on Fri, Dec 25, 2009, at 1:40 PM
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