Guy who made ObamaCare possible decides to vote no on reconciliation

posted at 7:55 pm on March 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

Turns out he’s not a fan of new taxes or government takeovers of industry. Dude.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Monday he would vote against a reconciliation package that included changes to healthcare reform and student lending legislation.

Nelson said he opposed the package because the student lending bill would make the federal government the originator of student loans, replacing private lending institutions. Nelson said that would cost 30,000 jobs.

Nelnet, a major student lending company, is based in Nebraska.

Nelson said he also opposed the reconciliation package because of higher payroll taxes it would place on unearned income.

The revenue would go into general health funds and Nelson said he would prefer to reserve that source to shore up potential Medicare shortfalls in the future.

And so it came to be that the 60th vote for Harry Reid’s O-Care bill, which set us on the long and winding road to a public option and eventually single-payer health care, decided that replacing private entities with federal administrators isn’t such a hot idea. Good work, Ben. Let’s hope the pizzerias in Omaha now appreciate your genius. You’ll be pleased to know that Blanche Lincoln — also the 60th vote, natch — has similarly decided to take a very bold stand for freedom by voting no on a bill that makes the horrendous boondoggle she voted for in December marginally worse.

Bear in mind that if reconciliation in the Senate breaks down, the Cornhusker Kickback will end up as the law of the land. Exit question: Think I’m kidding about us being on a road to the public option? Think again.


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And for people who keep whining about those who stayed home in 2008 instead of voting for Sen. McCain, that horse is dead. To continue to beat it does not cover you in glory and at least on this site is statistically meaningless.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2010 at 10:33 PM

++++++1

OmahaConservative on March 22, 2010 at 10:41 PM

And for people who keep whining about those who stayed home in 2008 instead of voting for Sen. McCain, that horse is dead. To continue to beat it does not cover you in glory and at least on this site is statistically meaningless.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Yep, crying over spilled milk.

Jvette on March 22, 2010 at 11:00 PM

I voted against it before I voted for it before I voted against it.

jpmn on March 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM

And for people who keep whining about those who stayed home in 2008 instead of voting for Sen. McCain, that horse is dead. To continue to beat it does not cover you in glory and at least on this site is statistically meaningless.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2010 at 10:33 PM

McCain might have even passed more of Obama’s agenda by now. Cap and Trade, Close GITMO, Amnesty, and yes he probably would have reached across the aisle for Health Care too.

jpmn on March 22, 2010 at 11:55 PM

And for people who keep whining about those who stayed home in 2008 instead of voting for Sen. McCain, that horse is dead. To continue to beat it does not cover you in glory and at least on this site is statistically meaningless.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2010 at 10:33 PM

I see your point but man am I still bitter.
Those people who stayed home or voted for Democrats “to show the Republicans a lesson” still need to be chastised, during the last election we needed every vote, although it probably wouldn’t have mattered. But thats not an excuse. They know nothing of politics.

tommer74 on March 22, 2010 at 11:58 PM

see your point but man am I still bitter.
Those people who stayed home or voted for Democrats “to show the Republicans a lesson” still need to be chastised, during the last election we needed every vote, although it probably wouldn’t have mattered. But thats not an excuse. They know nothing of politics.

tommer74 on March 22, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Spare me. If McCain was president chances are he’d be passing something like amnesty instead and everyone here would still be fuming. It’s you who knows nothing of politics. Keep voting for turds just because they have an R next to their name and turds are the only candidates you’re gonna get.

Darth Executor on March 23, 2010 at 12:11 AM

This guy spent thousands of dollars in TV ads right after his vote trying to spin it to the good folks of Nebraska. It didn’t work. The majority of Nebraskans are hard working, independent people, who do not want handouts, and expect everyone to pay their own way. My father is one of them, and even though he is almost 80, sees through Nelson like he was a pane of glass.

Nelson is toast.

kam582 on March 22, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Paid for by the DNC / OA folks.

kringeesmom on March 23, 2010 at 12:27 AM

He has to vote against it, he told us on Christmas that life was worth 100 million dollars, if it passes, he will be telling us life is worth nothing.

kringeesmom on March 23, 2010 at 12:28 AM

And Bill O’Reilly thinks we won’t stay angry.

http://truthandcommonsense.com/2010/03/22/bill-oreilly-wonders-if-you-can-stay-angry/

archer52 on March 23, 2010 at 12:42 AM

My bumper sticker says “VOTE NO MORE DEMOCRATS”!!!

vulcannomad on March 23, 2010 at 12:46 AM

Darth Executor on March 23, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Oh please. We have a two party system so you pick a side and you get in the game. I would rather get 70% of what I want rather than 0%. We knew going into the election Obama was a hardcore leftist and we needed to unite behind our candidate (McCain would have been my last choice). McCain would be more likely to veto some of the garbage coming out of congress. Yeah, maybe he would have done some things we wouldn’t have liked, but if we raised enough hell, things might have been stopped.

You pick a side and get in the game, it’s so basic. C’mon.

tommer74 on March 23, 2010 at 12:57 AM

He has to vote against it, he told us on Christmas that life was worth 100 million dollars, if it passes, he will be telling us life is worth nothing.

kringeesmom on March 23, 2010 at 12:28 AM

and on Easter no less.

kringeesmom on March 23, 2010 at 1:04 AM

They’re both wasting their time. They might as well just go whole hog and vote for it b/c it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference to us at this point, and the two of them will be out on their @sses come November.

Already the same Lincoln commercial chastising Halter for being “nasty” is running here ad nauseum and the primary is two months away. This is going to be a long 8 months.

NoLeftTurn on March 23, 2010 at 1:47 AM

Ben, too little too late. Your goose is cooked. I can’t believe you didn’t see this coming! Anyone with half a brain knew you would be double crossed. Here is to you delivering my pizzas after november.

Husker_red on March 23, 2010 at 4:16 AM

McCain might have even passed more of Obama’s agenda by now

Might have. Key word being “might”. Obama will pass these things. Health care is done, amnesty is next, and then cap and tax.

So, as your country ceases to resemble any portion of it’s former self once Obama is through, I guess you can take some small consolation in knowing that at least you didn’t vote for McCain. Good job.

Idiots.

xblade on March 23, 2010 at 6:11 AM

Keep voting for turds just because they have an R next to their name and turds are the only candidates you’re gonna get.

Darth Executor

Awww, how cute. You actually believe it matters at this point who we elect going forward.

xblade on March 23, 2010 at 6:14 AM

And for people who keep whining about those who stayed home in 2008 instead of voting for Sen. McCain, that horse is dead. To continue to beat it does not cover you in glory and at least on this site is statistically meaningless.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2010 at 10:33 PM

BS Nobody on this site should be that sanctimonious. If people don’t vote, they deserve nothing…period. And if others want to complain about it they can. That horse is never dead…non-voters are losers. The fact is they don’t have the guts and grit to go out and do something to get candidates elected they can support. They would rather sit at the computer and post to web sites I guess. And that isn’t whining, that’s telling the truth. But gee, maybe I’m statistically meaningless because I don’t post 24/7 here.

Deanna on March 23, 2010 at 7:48 AM

They only need 51 votes. Nelson and Lincoln have been given permission to vote no this time. I hope that the people of Nebraska and Arkansas aren’t gullible enough to believe that they would really otherwise vote no.

orlandocajun on March 23, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Quick question: If the reconciliation bill includes things like stripping the abortion language out of the HCB while also including the public option, I’m torn about how I would vote. On the one hand, using my tax dollars to pay for the most extreme version of birth control is vile. On the other, there’s no possible way I could EVER vote for something that includes a public option.

Talk about damned if you do, damned if you don’t. This could potentially mark the Republicans as either Pro-Abortion or Pro-Public Option. Neither is acceptable.

jedijson on March 23, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Sorry. Forgot the question: How should the Republicans vote on this thing?

jedijson on March 23, 2010 at 8:12 AM

With McCain as president, we get a health care bill that is a little better, we get cap and trade that isn’t quite as bad, and we get an amnesty bill that isn’t quite as intolerable.

The one BIG difference. Republicans share the blame along with the Democrats when everything falls apart.

MarkTheGreat on March 23, 2010 at 8:18 AM

The one BIG difference. Republicans share the blame along with the Democrats when everything falls apart.

MarkTheGreat on March 23, 2010 at 8:18 AM

In the real world, the republicans get ALL the blame because that’s how it will be reported. That includes this healthcare reform mess. Even though it didn’t garner a single republican vote for the bill that finally passed, the media will blame every single shortcoming that is uncovered (the rest will be completely covered up by the same media) on those mean evil republicans.

The real kicker? It’ll work. Again.

runawayyyy on March 23, 2010 at 9:44 AM

orlandocajun on March 23, 2010 at 8:05 AM

We in Nebraska, will never forget that Sen Nelson helped get this ugly thing passed. We will remember for a very long time!

neconsrv on March 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Does anyone believe anything this crapweasel has to say?

Wade on March 23, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Deanna on March 23, 2010 at 7:48 AM

I am sure the few that frequent this site who either did not vote or voted for Mr. Obama are suitably chastened and better people now. You are correct to rehash your suspicions as to the voting record of commenters although my memory of the election was of a pretty pro McCain/Palin HotAir. Now let’s all wander on over to 2010.

Cindy Munford on March 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Mr. Nelson, (I use the Mr. with some hesitation) will not be running for re-election in 2012. He isn’t going to put himself in a position to be publicly humiliated by election results of 33% in favor 67% against. His ego is too big. He can’t take that kind of public humiliation.

PappaMac on March 23, 2010 at 10:45 AM

It’s funny that Sen. Nelson is going to bat for the very same company that was my employer. The Sen. Nelson of Florida could not be bothered to fight for that company’s Florida location which employed over 200 people.

Cindy Munford on March 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM

What’s the question? He voted for the bill he liked and doesn’t want to change it.

The amazing/stupid (help me pick the right word) thing is the CharlieBrown-esque House Democrats who think the Lucy-esque Senate Democrats would actually let them kick the football.

barnone on March 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM

After mooning us, he now wants to cover his fat a$$.

There ain’t no canvas big enough to cover that a$$..

karl9000 on March 23, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Just think. If we didn’t let government regulate so #$%@&*-ing much, we wouldn’t have to give a rat’s tushie what Ben Nelson or Blanche Lincoln is made of.

No one, absolutely no one, is saintly enough to be trusted with the kind of regulation we now expect as the norm from our federal government.

J.E. Dyer on March 23, 2010 at 4:23 PM

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