Via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Nelson is all set to vote for cloture on the Reid bill that nobody else in the Senate, nor in the rest of the country, has read yet (Morrissey has a copy of the Managers Amendment in the post).
A couple of weeks I ago, I said the following in response to statists complaining of misogyny after many were calling Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) a whore after caving in on the vote to open debate on the health “reform” travesty, calling it the $300 million “New Louisiana Purchase”:
Actually, I’m one who is happy to call male members of Congress whores, because that is what they often are.
Here you go. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), male prostitute. It sounds like he’s not as expensive a one as Landrieu, and maybe Nelson’s just a cheap hooker.
Nelson had received a letter from Governor Dave Heineman (R-NE) warning the Senator that the state couldn’t afford the increase to the state’s Medicaid responsibility in a couple of years, and Heineman wanted Nelson to vote against cloture. As is typical, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and others managed to find Nelson’s price, an extra year’s worth of federal dollars to cover the increase for a year.
And what about putting in language about abortion that wasn’t in the original Senate bill? No problem:
Scroll down to Section 1303, which uses the same reliance on the “prohibited under HHS rules” dodge as the earlier Senate version, rather than using the language from the Stupak Amendment in the House that explicitly prohibited public money from funding abortions or abortion coverage. If Congress fails to renew the Hyde Amendment for just one year, this language will become moot. This version will lose none of the progressives, because they know they can just kill the Hyde Amendment renewal now to eliminate the problem.
Nelson caved on abortion and sold out for an extra year of federal Medicaid subsidies.
Like I said, a cheap hooker. At least compared to Landrieu.