Senator Nelson’s Problem

PhyCon, you have some very good points there. I’d just like to add one more thought.

Senator Ben Nelson, by virtue of not being up for election in 2010, may actually be in worse shape than those Democrat Senators who stand for election in 2010 if–I said if–this passes.

He’s up for re-election in 2012, which–again, assuming ObamaCare passes in some form or another–would be after the taxes and regulations of the insurance companies start to kick in, but before the benefits begin (most reports I’ve read state the benefits begin in 2013). Thus, Senator Nelson will face the wrath of those who have experienced the bad effects of the bill without the support of those who’ve experience any good effects–assuming there really are any, of course.

Add to that the fact that Nebraska is historically one of the most conservative states, and if Nelson is “the 60th vote” on cloture, he may be in real political trouble. I wonder if his public and oft-stated reluctance to embrace this bill indicates that he’s figured that out.


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3 responses to “Senator Nelson’s Problem”

  1. Health care -- how do we move forward says :

    I think you’ve nailed it, with one additional confounding variable. Since the taxes will have kicked in, the incumbents including Obama will be trumpeting the reduction in the deficit, but fail to mention the huge health care bill to be paid.

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    • Conservative Wanderer says :

      The thing is, I have a very hard time believing this bill would reduce the deficit. For example, Congress can quietly restore the Medicare cuts at any time; there’s a provision in the second stimulus bill just passed by the House (or was it the Senate?) that would do precisely that. Therefore, any theoretical deficit reductions are just so much smoke and mirrors.

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