Nelson: “Quote of the Week?”

Jodi Jacobson

Today on CNN, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) declared he didn't want to "throw down the gauntlet" on health reform. Were we watching the same show?

The Quote of the Week:

Speaking today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), who held up health care several times to get his way on efforts to undercut insurance coverage of abortion care and women’s right to choose, and also score a huge federal subsidy for Nebraska, said the following:

“I don’t want to throw down the gauntlet here or make a bright line or anything like that,” Nelson said. “But you always know material changes, something that would change the paradigm from where it is.”

I don’t know about you, but when a Senator from a state with less than one-tenth of one percent of the US population of over 304 million people obstructs health care reform for millions of Americans so he can get his way, I think that is more than throwing down a gauntlet and drawing a bright line.

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But I guess it works because he got what he wanted and we all lost.


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