This is quite the reversal from just a couple of days ago, when Nelson said that even if he gets all the anti-abortion language he wants in the bill, he still wouldn’t vote for the bill because of cost concerns (which could have been alleviated by the public option he voted against, but never mind that). You have to wonder what kind of payola changed his mind on this:
Senator Ben Nelson’s announcement moments ago that he will vote to end debate on the Senate health care bill puts Dems within striking distance of the first major progressive legislative achievement of the 21st Century, even if the legislation is deeply flawed.
But Nelson also issued a stern threat, designed to put House liberals on notice: If you change the bill in conference, I reserve the right to sink it later. Translation: Don’t even think about trying to add a public option or Medicare buy-in, and don’t even think about putting your grubby hands on my abortion compromise. [..]
Nelson just now announced that he would support the bill, after having reached a deal on abortion with the following details:
(1) ensure that no public funds will be used for abortion;
(2) mandate that every state provide an insurance plan option that does not cover abortion; and
(3) gives each state the right to pass a law barring insurance coverage for abortion within state borders.
In short, the Senate bill would give individual states the right to ban abortion coverage within their own insurance exchanges (why do fetus fetishists hate the free market?). Compared to the draconian Stupak Amendment which seeks to mandate the same thing nationally, this is an improvement.
And how do I know it’s an improvement? Because the fetus fetishists are furiously foaming at the mouth and calling Nelson a “sellout” who is throwing feti under the bus. It would appear that their evil plot against womens’ reproductive freedom has been *somewhat* thwarted. (This is still bad, but it’s less bad.)
UPDATE: SHRIEEEK! NO!! All ur uterus are belong to Stupak!