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Nelson Says More Senators Seeking Special Treatment in Light of Nebraska Deal

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Revmitchell

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    Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, after securing a sweetheart deal for his state as part of the health insurance reform bill, said Tuesday that three other senators have told him they want to bargain for the same kind of special treatment.

    "Three senators came up to me just now on the (Senate) floor, and said, 'Now we understand what you did. We'll be seeking this funding too'," Nelson said.

    But the Democratic senator, who has faced a heap of criticism for appearing to trade his vote on health care for millions in federal Medicaid money, said he's considering asking that the Nebraska deal be stripped from the bill.

    Though he defended the exemption as a "fair deal," he said he never asked for the full federal funding that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ended up granting his state. Nelson said he instead asked that states be allowed to refuse an expansion of Medicaid.

    "This is the way Senate leadership chose to handle it. I never asked for 100 percent funding," he said.

    Nelson has maintained that the only reason he even brought up Medicaid was that Nebraska Republican Gov. Dave Heineman put him up to it.

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  2. Aaron

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    What a piece of trash.
     
  3. KenH

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    Politicians looking for special favors?!?! Say it ain't so!
     
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    In ain't so! But then some say I lie a lot :smilewinkgrin:
     
  5. targus

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    More commonly know as the "He made me do it !!!" defense.

    Commonly abandoned around the second or third grade - unless you work in D.C.
     
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