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As expected, Senator Ben Nelson caved. From the Wasington 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.
He received his 30 pieces of silver from Harry Reid and folded like a cheap suit.
From this point on, every Republican needs to campaign on repealing this legislation. The only bright point of this is that to hide the real cost of this bill the spending doesn’t kick in until 2014. Because we know that once Americans start getting something for “free” it’s almost impossible to take it away.