Senator Ben Nelson becomes number 60

POSTED: Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 8:24pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:06am

TYLER - A huge break-through in the health care debate.

A democratic senator from Nebraska has agreed to provide the 60th and deciding vote on health care.

Senator Ben Nelson was holding out on the Senate bill because of his concerns about the availability of abortions.

He says he decided to support the legislation after winning concessions that ensure people will have the option to choose plans where federal funds won't be used to pay for abortions.

"Change is never easy. But change is what is necessary in America today and that's why I intend to vote for cloture and vote for Health Care reform," Senator Nelson explains.

As part of the deal, Nelson also won tens of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funds for his home state of Nebraska.

With Nelson's support, democrats could pass the health care overhaul bill in the Senate before Christmas.

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I just wonder whether Harry Reid is getting on his knees first, or unbuckling his belt first before all of these senators have caved in to all of their pressure. Which position was Ben Nelson in, on the floor, or standing? To sell out, when he's always claimed to be about principles, is simply nothing more than a lie. Now, the rest of the country has to pay for his one vote, that helped to pass this finincial fiasco, which shouldn't be surprising by any means, as they always cower to the power, as they imagine themselves in that position some day, and that's what it's all about, is nothing but power, not about what's good for our country, our security, our liberties, our bill of rights nor constitution, it's always boiled down to power !

I am greatly saddened that Senator Nelson has chosen to support this bill.


Apparently, no what beliefs or standards you say you have for the right to life or the American people are completely meaningless.

This is criminal to take our money to help pay for abortions plus having to pay for all the pork of this bill. All senators and congressmen including the President and his family should have to be under the same health care program as the rest of us.

How unfair can this be?

Thanks for putting my children in more debt. You are sellout. Let me know who will be your opponent next election so that I can send them a contribution

It must be nice to have a license to steal as congress does. This is not government OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE. It is GOVERNMENT OF THE CONGRESS, GOR THE CONGRESS, BY THE CONGRESS. The Democrats should be ashamed of themselves. They have a lot to answer for when they die and meet their maker!

Ben Nelson is another sell out, like Mary Landreau. I am from Louisiana

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