Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has taken it on the chin for his vote in favor of health care reform and the deal he secured for Medicaid funding for Nebraska in the process. Public opinion polls at home show the longtime Democrat getting only 30 percent of the hypothetical vote if an election was held today. Just 17 percent of Nebraskans, according to a Rasmussen Poll, said they favored the sweetheart deal that Nelson secured for the state.
On Thursday, however, Nelson finally got a bit of positive feedback. A small business owner named Rick Poore -- who seems to have some sort of affiliation with the union SEIU -- took out an advertisement in Nelson's hometown paper, the McCook Gazette, applauding the senator for pushing reform forward. In a letter addressed to Nelson, he writes:
Thanks for trying to get healthcare reform done. I know it's tough but remember, Medicare didn't happen overnight and rural Nebraska has so much to gain by making coverage more affordable and care more accessible.
It sure would be nice if Nebraska's Republican delegation in Washington got off their butts and did something to help you get things done for us regular folk. I swear, it seems to me they would vote against a cure for cancer if it meant denying Obama a w in the win column
Kind of short sighted if you ask me. We need solutions to this problem, not roadblocks.
Anyway, take care and keep up the hard work Ben. We used the be a country of big ideas, we can be that country again with your help.
Poore is a minority voice within the state. The heat Nelson has taken so far for his support for health care has compelled him to all but formally disavow his vote. The senator has sought to have the Medicaid deal removed from the legislative language, pledged to oppose the use of reconciliation to pass additional legislative changes and insisted that he would have filibustered the bill anyway had it come back to the Senate after conference committee.