One has to wonder if there is any integrity at all left in our political leadership? Now we have learned that Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska was bought off behind closed doors to secure his “60th” vote for the passage of the now purely political Health Scare bill. So I ask you… Is the good Senator from Nebraska any better than the average street walking prostitute in D.C.? This revelation demonstrates once again just to what depths in the cloak of political desperation this present “leadership” in Congress has sunk. The bill being drafted behind closed doors. The blockage of the reading of the bill on the Senate floor by Harry Reid. The list is endless.
The Senate and the House, the once shining example and benchmark of democracy throughout the world, has now become a hypocritical embarrassment to all Americans, Democrat or Republican.
What started as Sen. Ben Nelson’s personal stand against covering abortion with taxpayer money translated, somehow, into millions of dollars in federal aid for his home state.
The Nebraska Democrat, following weeks of negotiations with his caucus, finally agreed to back the Senate’s health care reform bill this weekend after Democratic leaders made a series of concessions. Nelson’s support gives Democrats the 60 votes they need to overcome a filibuster, barring any last-minute defections.
But critics by Sunday were heavily questioning Nelson’s motivations, given that the abortion restrictions he sought and won did not satisfy several major anti-abortion lawmakers and groups and that it took a major federal payoff to his state to seal the deal.
Critics were calling it the “cornhusker kickback” and the “Nebraska windfall,” lobbing accusations of political deal-making at Nelson.
“It’s pretty obvious votes have been bought,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said.
Nelson did win restrictions on abortion coverage, which is what he sought for weeks. Under the compromise, states would be permitted to ban insurance coverage of abortions in policies sold in the exchanges, except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in jeopardy. In states where such coverage is permitted, consumers must notify their insurance company they want it, and pay for it separately.