UPDATE Dec. 19: Bad news– Sen. Nelson has caved, in exchange for a permanent Medicaid bribe for Nebraskans only, and a worthless “opt-out” funding trick. As a result, Democrats have the needed 60 votes to end filibuster and proceed to voting before Christmas.
In-fighting among Democrat constituencies may accomplish what the Republican minority can’t do–kill the Senate health reform bill.
Jill Stanek has a summary of reports by Politico, liberal commentators, Howard Dean, the Daily Kos and other lefty Democrats blasting the Senate bill, while Obama and Senate leader Reid are blustering about jamming it through before Christmas break.
Another story is developing at the other end of the spectrum– self-described pro-life Democrat U.S. Senators. Apparently stopping federal participation in, and funding for, abortion is only an election slogan for all of them except Nebraska’s former Governor and current Senator, Ben Nelson. Nelson has promised to reject any bill without a Stupak-type abortion limitation, while self-described pro-life Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey crafted an “abortion accommodation” for Reid and Obama to get Nelson on board.
Thankfully, Nelson didn’t take the bait, as Lifenews.com and an AP article this afternoon reported. The Casey offering was insulting to pro-lifers; National Right to Life Legislative Director, Douglas Johnson, in a Sarah Palin homage, said:
“It is particularly offensive that the proposal apparently would make it the default position for the federal government to subsidize plans that cover abortion on demand, and then permit individual citizens to apply for conscientious objector status. …This is an exercise is cosmetics — like putting lipstick on a legislative warthog.”
Kansans for Life is encouraging readers to pray for Sen. Nelson and praise him for staying strong in protecting helpless innocents from paying the price of this monstrosity of a bill. He is under EXTREME pressure from his party. Send him emails at http://bennelson.senate.gov/email-issues.cfm