Thursday, December 17, 2009

Senator Ben Nelson currently a "no" on ObamaCare

From The Hill:

Centrist Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) said Thursday he won't vote to advance the Senate healthcare bill unless it's changed. 
Nelson said more stringent restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion must be included in the bill if it is to win his vote.
"If it's not at the point where I think it needs to be with the improvements that I'm pushing — and they've made a lot of them — then I will not vote for cloture on the motion to end debate," Nelson said in an interview on KLIN radio in Nebraska. 
"There's a lot of improvement on the legislation but the basic question on funding for abortion hasn't been answered yet," he said.
Nelson's is also concerned about the level of new spending in the bill, particularly the financial burden it could place on state Medicaid budgets, as well as the taxes included to finance it. The spending provisions could create an "underfunded federal mandate for the state of Nebraska," Nelson said.
"If you're going to extend coverage then obviously there has to be a way to raise the money. The way in which money is raised is not acceptable," he said. "So if there isn't a way to raise the money in tight times, I think you have to look at a scaled-back version."

I am not holding out a lot of faith in Ben Nelson causing ObamaCare to crash and burn for several reasons.
    Just in case Ben Nelson is willing to do the right thing and slay this bill, we should all give our support. Here  are the contact numbers for his offices. Let him know, it is OK to kill ObamaCare and send them back to the drawing board.

    7602 Pacific St.
    Suite 205
    Omaha, NE 68114
    Tel: (402) 391-3411
    Fax: (402) 391-4725


    440 North 8th Street
    Suite 120
    Lincoln, NE 68508
    Tel: (402) 441-4600
    Fax: (402) 476-8753

    Washington, D.C.
    720 Hart Senate Office Building
    United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: 1-202-224-6551
    Fax: 1-202-228-0012

    Tel: (308) 631-7614

    Tel: (308) 293-5818

    South Sioux City
    Tel: (402) 209-3595

    Via: The Hill

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