On December 22 at 4:45p, pro-life traitor Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) gave a speech on the Senate floor.
Obviously, he had read the voluminous critiques of his “compromise” that enabled a socialized healthcare bill to pass in the Senate that included public funded abortions.
He had something to say about that…

I think my colleagues know that we introduced legislation that is comparable to the Stupak legislation in the House dealing with barring the use of federal funds for elective abortions.

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We introduced it over here. It was bipartisan. It was Hatch – it was Nelson – Nelson-Hatch-Casey, and it didn’t pass. So I began the process of trying to find other solutions that I thought equally walled off the use of federal funds and made it clear that no federal funds would be used….
Now, apparently I didn’t say, “Mother, may I?” in the process of writing that language because others took issue with it, even though they cannot constructively point out how it doesn’t prohibit the use of federal funds or wall off those funds or keep them totally segregated. They just didn’t like the language.

Well, you know, if in the conference the Stupak-Nelson-Hatch-Casey language passes, I’ll be happy, and so will Congressman Stupak and so would, I would imagine, those who signed on to that legislation.
You know, it’s unfortunate, though, to continue to distort and misrepresent what happens here in the body of the Senate. It’s difficult enough to have comittees, difficult enough to have cooperation. It’s difficult enough to have collegiality. When politics are put above policy and productivity, this is what we get….

Excuse me? We cannot “constructively point out” his compromise’s flaws? How’s this, from a December 22 Washington Times editorial?
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On Page 41 (lines 5-8) of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s manager amendment, the proposed rules mandate that everyone buying insurance through new exchanges or through the new government-run plan must pay a monthly abortion premium to be used for elective abortion services. This fee applies “without regard to the enrollee’s age, sex or family status.” That means that people who have no possibility of wanting an abortion themselves will pay for others to have them.
On Page 43 (lines 1-7), insurance companies will be required to assess the cost of elective abortion coverage, and on Page 43 (lines 20-22) they are mandated to charge a minimum of at least $1 per enrollee per month to cover abortion.
Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat who led a House revolt against abortion funding, calls the Senate language “a dramatic shift in federal policy.” The type of amendment approved by Mr. Nelson was voted down in the House.

For corroboration watch this December 21 video of pro-abort DHHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius agreeing with WT’s explanation of taxpayer funding of abortion in the Senate healthcare bill.
And that “Mother, may I?” line not only insulted pro-life groups and legislators involved in this process, it grossly undervalued their expertise.
[HT for Nelson quote: Senate friend; HT for Washington Times piece: Jivin J; Nelson photo via the WT]

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