Reap what you sow: Ben Nelson down 30 points after reversal

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Reap what you sow: Ben Nelson down 30 points after reversal

Postby carsonfire on Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:17 am ... elson.html
A new Rasmussen poll has Senator Ben Nelson down 30 points in a theoretical race against current Republican Governor Heineman. Nelson's health care vote seems to be the reason. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Nebraska voters oppose the health care legislation Ben Nelson voted for, including fifty-three percent (53%) who are strongly opposed. Only 17% of Nebraska voters approve of the deal Senator Ben Nelson made to sell his vote for a special Medicaid deal. An April 2006 poll by Survey USA found him to be the Senator with the highest popularity rating, 73%, among his own constituents. Senator Nelson has committed political suicide for Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

Rasmussen reported:
The good news for Senator Ben Nelson is that he doesn’t have to face Nebraska voters until 2012.

If Governor Dave Heineman challenges Nelson for the Senate job, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that Heineman would get 61% of the vote while Nelson would get just 30%.

The health care vote is clearly dragging Nelson’s numbers down. Just 17% of Nebrasaka voters approve of the deal their Senator made on Medicaid in exchange for his vote. Overall, 64% oppose the health care legislation, including 53% who are Strongly Opposed. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe that passage of the legislation will hurt the quality of care and 62% believe it will raise costs.

If Nelson votes to block final passage of the health care plan, he would still trail Heineman but be in a much more competitive situation.

When survey respondents were asked how they would vote in Nelson blocks health care reform, 47% still pick Heneman while 37% would vote to keep Nelson in office.

This is emblematic of the problem at large for Democrats. It's just as I've said: it wasn't not passing HillaryCare that wrecked the fortunes of Democrats, it was offering it up at all. If they had passed it, they would have been walloped much harder.

This is the same unenviable position Democrats have put themselves in now. They're going to get walloped for this bigger nightmarish proposal regardless. But passing it will guarantee unprecedented walloping.

I don't think the situation is necessarily hopeless, because the choice isn't just between passing it or not passing it. In practical terms, Democrats seem incapable right now of choosing a successful path, because they are more set on political considerations -- forcing the nation left -- than they are on good results for the nation.
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Re: Reap what you sow: Ben Nelson down 30 points after reversal

Postby Dave.gillam on Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:14 pm

This crap coming out of the white house is amazing.

Opponents of Reform Cry "Repeal," Vow to Fight On for the Insurance Industry
Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on December 30, 2009 at 6:00 AM EST

Yesterday POLITICO reported that, before it even becomes law, opponents of health care reform – including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich – are already talking about repealing it. Certainly there is a fundamental disagreement here, since many opponents of reform – again including Gingrich – appear to think that insurance companies can do no wrong.

First, it does seem like another example of opposition at any cost to want to repeal a law before its even enacted.

Second, everyone should be very clear what is being called for here. At a time when insurance companies are finally about to be reined in, and when American families are finally about to be given control over their own health care, opponents of reform are advocating that insurance companies once again be allowed to run wild. Specifically, if they have their way.

Insurance companies will once again be able to deny coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition like diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma.
Insurance companies will once again be able to drop coverage when you get sick and need it most.
Insurance companies will once again be able to impose annual or lifetime caps on coverage and charge unlimited out-of-pocket expenses.
And here are some of the benefits that these opponents of reform would want to overturn:

Make preventive care completely free – with no co-payments or deductibles.
Provide tax credits to help small businesses and hard-working families afford quality coverage.
Create a new insurance exchange – essentially a marketplace – where individuals and small businesses can compare cost and quality and shop for the plan that is right for them.
We’ve said it before here, but I’ll say it again: for President Obama, this isn’t about him or about the Democratic Party. It’s about solving a problem that we’ve talked about for decades – a crisis that is bankrupting American families, putting American companies out of business, and exploding our national deficit.

Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director

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