Sen.Ben Nelson told reporters today he will filibuster the health care bill if it doesn’t contain an abortion amendment similar toRep. Bart Stupak’s amendment that passed attached to the House health care bill last month.
“I will not vote to take it off the floor,” said Nelson (D-NE).
“Now I don’t know that it’s going to come down to that, because I
don’t know that Stupak’s not going to pass, number one,” he said.
“Number two I don’t know what kind of alternative legislation may be
offered as an alternative bill. I don’t know what the next steps are,
but I’ve made it clear that whatever is finally considered has to have
that language in it.”
Well HI THERE DOOFUS, was nobody paying attention to you today? Was that the problem? Everybody’s all over Mary Landrieu and Max Baucus and oh yeah ALL THE DEAD PEOPLE WHO CAN’T SEE DOCTORS. Everybody’s giving all this attention all of a sudden to poor people who are sick, and not to Ben Nelson. Fixed that, didn’t you?
Here’s the thing about how Joe and Jane Voter are watching this. We’re out here, where our emergency rooms are basically the Purgatorio, and we do not understand why this is hard to fix at all. There are a number of models to choose from, any one of which would be infinitely better than the combination crap shoot/pig fuck we all deal with on any given day. In our minds, we pick a solution and we go with it, and it either works or it doesn’t, but the least difficult thing about it is making sure U.S. senators are happy critters.
Inside that bubble, though, the worst thing on the planet is that Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln and a bunch of Republicans who are assholes are upset. That’s the hardest thing, getting enough people to agree to pass something that will demonstrably help lots and lots of voters, which voters overwhelmingly want. This is just too hard a task for Harry, because Bitty Baby Ben here isn’t feeling loved, and wants a shiny new convertible or something, and true bipartisanship, and a pony. Seriously, this isn’t a hard task. You need to open his head up, reach down his neck and take out his larynx with an ice cream scoop.
I am not kidding, the dumbest intern on Capitol Hill has a harder job right now than Harry Reid. Just YOU try remembering an entire office’s Starbucks order off the top of your head.