04 Aug

Health Care Can’t Wait & August 4th Update


Huffington Post

Hours after he appeared in a television ad attacking Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) for slow-walking health care reform, local Nebraska businessman Michael Snider received a phone call.

It was Nelson.

The senator wasn’t pleased about the ad being released in his home state — his office would later suggest that the ads would compel the senator to blow up the reform process altogether.

But with Snider on the line, Nelson was less bombastic, trying instead to persuade a local constituent with substantive concerns that there was middle ground.

“To be real honest with you, I don’t know if he was just being aggressive or nervous but he just wanted to put out his position on the issue,” Snider recalled in an interview with the Huffington Post. “He said he supported the public option but one that wouldn’t affect the current plans of 200 million Americans.”

“I told him I didn’t understand. And he tried to explain it. He put his position out. He said if we went with a full public option — which he called a government plan — it would drive the price down and hurt private companies. I said, ‘you mean competition.’ And he replied that it would force people off the private plan and onto the government plan.”

“That happened twice,” Snider concluded. “He was telling me how bad a public option would be and when he was done I said, ‘So you don’t support a public option.’ He would reply, ‘That’s not what I say.'”

The call lasted roughly ten minutes. In the end, Snider thanked Nelson but made no plans for future discussion. That it took place at all was a shocker for the Nebraska restaurant owner. He almost didn’t take the call after his wife answered the phone and didn’t recognize the voice on the other line.


Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) lashed out Friday at the ads being run against his position on health care reform in his home state, saying they would backfire — and might even derail the entire reform process.

In a statement issued late in the afternoon by Nelson’s office, spokesman Jake Thompson warned that if the new series of ads calling out the Senator’s “stalling” on reform were “an indication of the politics going into August, then health care reform may be dead by the end of August.”

Words From a Life Long Nebraskan Republican

First a Republican Insurance Executive, then switched to a Democrat to run for Governor then Senator. Puts $2.2 million ahead of 2.2 Nebraskans and every American. Bought and paid for by his Health Insurance Lobbyist buddies!

I am a life-long Republican who? is fighting for REAL Health Care Reform and the inclusion of a Public Plan Option here in Nebraska. I had to let go five employees and liquidate my business four years ago because no company would insure me, and I had a uninsured

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So, Nelson calls his constituent and tells him he is worried that the public option would be so good it would drive the private insurance policies out of business. And we should be worried about that???

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