...And he was against it before that.
Some of you may remember I wrote a post a while back on my blog thanking Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska for stalling the Obamacare bill for no other reason than I wished to see the bill fail. Evidently Nelson must have seen my post or something, because soon after had I written the post, it seems, he goes and falls into line with the 59 other Senate Democrats with a sweetheart deal that even Nebraska's governor didn't want. Now, he's pulling a John Kerry and flip-flopping on it:
Sen. Ben Nelson said Tuesday it was a mistake for the Obama Administration to take on massive health care reforms in 2009, and suggested efforts would have been better spent addressing the economy.
“I think it was a mistake to take health care on as opposed to continuing to spend the time on the economy,” he said.
“I would have preferred not to be dealing with health care in the midst of everything else, and I think working on the economy would have been a wiser move,” he said.
He seems to be channelling Joe Lieberman while he's at it with his claim to be concerned about the economy, but you can't have it both ways, Ben. You are the reason it passed. You should have thought of this BEFORE you sold your soul to Harry Reid and voted for this atrocity.
And also, I don't think this does much for your new found fiscally conservative position on the bill:
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) urged colleagues to either expand a deal he struck for Nebraska to all 50 states, or allow states to opt out of increased payments to Medicaid mandated under health reform legislation.
“I’ve been in serious discussions with Senate leaders and others to secure changes in the bill to treat all states equally,” Nelson said in a statement. “At the end of the day, whatever Nebraska gets will apply to all states.”
“My intent has been and remains absolutely clear,” he added. “Every state should be, and will be, treated the same.”
Now, it is fair that every state should be treated the same, but the sweetheart deal you got would drain the federal government's money anyways. Why have it in the first place if you are suddenly so concerned with the state of our nations finances?
Senator Nelson, it appears that you are doing nothing but backtracking on an unpopular deal here. Like many politicians, you are trying to have it both ways. I can only hope the people of Nebraska realize just how badly you have sold them out.