Nelson’s Abortion Compromise to Kill Healthcare Reform?
It appears as if Senator Ben Nelson’s (D-Neb) willingness to compromise his morals, greedily accepting a $100 million White House bribe (the Cornhusker Kickback), might actually be the deciding factor that leads to Healthcare Reform failing in the House.
Early in December, Nelson introduced an amendment to the Senate’s Healthcare Reform legislation (similar to the Stupak Amendment in the House) that would place the same strong abortion restrictions found in the house bill, on the senate bill. The amendment failed 54-45.
At that time Sen Nelson told ABC’s Jonathan Karl;
“Federal taxpayer money ought not to be used to fund abortions. So whether it is subsidies on premiums or whether it is tax credits or whatever it is… it should not be used to fund abortions.”
Nelson was not willing to move forward on Healthcare Reform bill if it contained any provisions for abortion funding. At the same time, the more liberal Democrat in the Senate stated that they were unwilling vote in favor of a reform if the bill did not present the opportunity for government funding of abortions.
Enter President Obama and the Chicago thugocracy.
The White House convinced Senator Nelson to drop his abortion language demands in exchange for a $100 million exemption the state of Nebraska. This buyout effectively excluded the state of Nebraska from any increases in Medicare payments for the next 10 years. It has commonly referred to as the “Cornhusker Kickback”. Nelson caved on the abortion language deciding that it was better to stand on money than on morals.
“I have strongly held views and have fought hard to prevent federal funding for abortions, [but] I believe this legislation will stand the test of time and will be noted as one of the major reforms of the 21s century.”
Now it appears as if that Nelson’s compromise on abortion language might ultimately doom the bill. More than a dozen House Democrats have notified the White House that they cannot move forward on the Senate bill because it does allow for government funding of abortion. If Senator Nelson would have held his ground, standing on morals rather than money, it is more than likely that the Senate liberals would have had no choice but to cave on the abortion language rather entirely give up on their dreams of government run Healthcare.
It is ironic, but for one greedy day in the midst of December, the House would have easily passed the Senate’s Healthcare Reform bill and America would currently be a nation subject to socialist a healthcare system.
Maybe greed is good.