Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) played Hamlet for days on the Senate healthcare reform bill, feigning a righteous stand on principle against the bill’s funding of abortion. But it turns out that Nelson is for sale, just like his colleague Mary Landrieu (D-La) whose price was $300 million. Nelson’s price is even higher.
Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Here’s Ben Nelson’s “30 pieces.” Read this and weep for America.
…the outright bribe extracted by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Corn Huckster State) from Sen. Harry Reid. As a result of Nelson’s performance in his role of Hamlet in the health care deliberations, we will have two health care systems in this country; one for Nebraska and one for the other 49 states.
In its quixotic attempt to ensure everyone has health insurance, the Reid legislation greatly expands Medicaid eligibility. Because Medicaid is a program whose costs are split between the federal and state governments, this expansion in eligibility raise costs dramatically for states. States will be forced to either raise taxes or cut other services to accommodate the forced increase in Medicaid spending.
Unless that state is Nebraska.
…Nelson’s bribe….the federal government will forever cover the costs of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska. Taxpayers in every other state will forever be responsible for the expanded Medicaid program in Nebraska.
Nelson also secured an exemption from a new insurance tax for non-profit companies in his state. Mutual of Omaha and Nebraska’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield won’t have to pay a tax other companies will be required to pay.