From the Washington Post:
Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), the final Democratic holdout on health care, was prepared to announce to his caucus Saturday morning that he would support the Senate reform bill, clearing the way for final passage by Christmas.
“We’re there,” said Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), as he headed into a special meeting to announce the deal.
Democratic leaders spent days trying to hammer out a deal with Nelson, and worked late Friday night with Nelson on abortion coverage language that had proved the major stumbling block. But Nelson also secured other favors for his home state.
Asked if he was prepared to support the bill, Nelson said, “Yeah.”
Harry Reid gave Nelson his 30 pieces of silver and he folded like a cheap suit.
This bill nationalizes the 2010 election. Every Republican needs to run on repealing nationalized medicine. The only semi-bright spot is that in gaming the CBO number to hide the true cost of the bill, spending doesn’t kick in until 2014. If the benefits had started right away, there would be no way to repeal socialized medicine. Americans love “free” services ie.. services that someone else is footing the bill.