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Ben Nelson To Vote Yes Saturday: Two Dems Remain Uncommitted | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

And then there were two. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced Friday for the first time that he will vote to allow the Democratic health care reform b...

Nelson the Hard-Nosed Reindeer

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"Gather 'round, you little lovelies -- how'd you like your Grampa to tell you a bit of a Christmas story?" "Well, I think I just might then. Have you ever heard the tale of Nelson the Hard-Nosed Reindeer?"

The Three Democrats Who Could Block Health Care Reform

New York Times | CARL HULSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, says he is not sure he is ready to help a Democratic health care proposal clear even the most preliminary hu...

Yes, the Health Care Bill Is Flawed. Exactly Why Are Democrats Only Blaming Democrats?

Steve Marmel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Marmel

We are all disappointed in the health care bill, but the Democrats were trying to accomplish what a majority of Americans elected them to do. It's the Republicans who were the biggest roadblocks to what it seems a majority of Americans wanted.

Sam Stein

Opt-Out Public Option Gains Steam Among Dems, But Questions Remain | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Reporting By Jeff Muskus Democratic senators were largely caught off-guard on Thursday as a compromise approach to health care reform -- emergin...

Ben Nelson is My New Hero: At Least He Has the Courage of His Convictions

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

The Senate's discussion of its health care bill has devolved from farce to a tragedy, in which female and male senators alike are trading the lives of women for the sake of re-election.

Ryan Grim

Outline Of Senate Health Bill Agreement Emerging | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats emerged from a caucus-wide meeting Wednesday evening tight-lipped about the elements of the "broad agreement" that has been reached o...

Bob Kerrey Stands Behind Cornhusker Ben Nelson on Health Care Reform

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

I called former governor and senator of Nebraska, Bob Kerrey, to ask how he would have voted on health care reform if he were he still in the United States Senate today.

Nelson Amendment Expected To Fall Short Even With GOP Support

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An amendment restricting abortions does not appear to have enough support to be attached to the Senate healthcare bill. Senate Republican Whip Jon ...

Sam Stein

Ben Nelson's Medicaid Deal Approved By Only 17% Of Nebraskans | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb,) doesn't seem to be getting any favors from his local constituents for bringing home the health care pork. Just 17 percent of...

Ryan Grim

Sealed With A Kiss: Dems Unite To Beat GOP Filibuster | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harry Reid sealed the biggest legislative victory of his career Saturday night with a kiss. And then a hug. Emotionally reserved doesn't begin to des...

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

"A house divided against itself cannot stand." --Lincoln. "When you have both extremes saying they're unhappy, I think it's [the Senate's December 2...

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Close In On Reform: Details Of Health Care Bill Revealed | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Read the bill (PDF). Senate Democrats have posted the legislation on their web site. --------- Senate Democrats made a big step toward comprehensive...

Women on the Verge

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Once again, at the final hour, women's rights and access have been traded away in the new Senate health care bill. Rights and access that we may not get back anytime soon, if ever.

Can We Afford to Let Blanche Lincoln Stop Health Care Reform Dead in Its Tracks?

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Blue America has run TV spots against Lincoln all summer and fall and she's watched her re-elect numbers dwindle. This week Blue America has a brand new ad for Arkansas voters to look at.

Who Should Pay for Health Insurance Reform?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

"Much has been given" to those Americans at the pinnacle of wealth. So it is only fair that "much will be required" when it comes to helping pay for health insurance for those who can't otherwise afford it.

Ben Nelson Press Conference: Senator Announces Support For Health Reform Bill (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Ben Nelson has announced that he will support the health care reform bill in the Senate, effectively providing Democrats with the 60th vote ne...

Why We Lost Healthcare

John Neffinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Neffinger

For Obama to do his job, he needs progressives to do theirs: let progressives fight on the left flank to make room for the President to steer a middle course. Otherwise the "centrists" will always win.

Ryan Grim

Snowe Rejoins Dems At Public Option Negotiating Table | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a breakthough in Senate negotiations around a public health insurance option, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) sat down with centrist conservative Demo...

Ben Nelson Ad To Defend Health Care Vote

Lincoln Journal Star | Don Walton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As a fresh poll measured the political cost of Sen. Ben Nelson's health reform vote, he prepared Tuesday to take his case directly to Nebraskans durin...

Ryan Grim

Insurance Industry Antitrust Fight Headed To Conference Committee | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The insurance industry successfully fought off a Senate threat to revoke its antitrust exemption as part of health care reform, but the issue lives to...

60+ House Democrats Say "Any" Health Bill With No Public Option Is "Unacceptable"

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

The battle over the public option isn't over. Somehow, everyone's forgotten that 60+ House Democrats signed a letter demanding it just a few months ago.

Sam Stein

Health Care Reform Closing Arguments: White House, Activists, Labor Unions Eye The Finish Line | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the Senate poised to cast historic votes on health care legislation, a host of activist groups, labor unions, and even the White House itself lau...

Who You Callin' Moderate?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

To get so-called moderate Democrat Ben Nelson on board, Harry Reid had to agree to a decidedly un-moderate compromise on abortion rights.

Ryan Grim

Nelson On Board For Second Round Of Spending | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Throughout last winter, Sen. Ben Nelson, the Nebraska Democrat, was trailed through the Capitol by reporters curious where he stood on the amount of s...