Ben Nelson Sees The Light
But is it too late to save his 2012 reelection bid?
Speaking to more than 150 insurance brokers, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) called the individual mandate “the biggest sticking point” in the health reform law.
“It’s time to change the mandate,” Nelson told members of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), gathered in Washington for their “Day on the Hill” event. “People don’t like mandates. I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Gee, Ben, if you didn’t think the mandate was a good idea, why did you vote for it?
The way I see it, there are two options, neither of which really reflects well on Senator Nelson:
- Nelson read the bill, saw the individual mandate, and voted for it anyway. This makes his comment above at the very least disingenuous, at the worst, an outright lie.
- Nelson didn’t read the bill, which makes him an idiot for voting for something he hadn’t studied.
I really don’t think Nelson’s last-minute flip-flop is gonna do him any good with the mostly conservative voters of Nebraska.