Dick Trail's Dec. 29th column, "Our Favorite Senator in actioné" contained a few items that need qualifying remarks. While Mr. Trail maintains that Nebraska taxpayers will pay to the tune of $100 million or worse, the facts show otherwise.
The CBO has estimated and has subsequently reaffirmed, that we will see savings between $160 billion to $1.3 trillion in deficit reduction related to healthcare costs.
Mr. Trail states that many see that we are being driven to "socialism." However, that will occur if healthcare reform does not occur.
Unless more people obtain insurance, the uninsured will continue to show up at hospitals and E.R. rooms and hand the government the tab any way. The real question is; will we require those people to be insured which in the end, will save us money through such requirements?
The responsible and thoughtful answer is "yes" which Senator Nelson wisely supports. Lastly, Mr. Trail's commentary about the "unenforceable ban" on taxpayer funding of abortion is unproven.
Sen. Nelson's provision in the healthcare bill specifically states that the person insured is to pay for the service themselves, and that government money is to be kept separate when other services are paid for.
Scott F. Gregory