"Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others." --Kang/Bob Dole
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson (pictured here with Joe Lieberman) has been all over the map regarding health-care legislation in the U.S. Senate. Because he represents less than one percent of the U.S. population (1,783,000 out of over 300 million), it strikes me as a wee bit odd that he has so much say over whether or not health-care reform passes. The biggest roadblock for him (other than his seeming need for attention)? Abortion. That's right, the Democratic Senator from Nebraska refuses to sign any health-care reform bill if it doesn't explicitly bar federal funding for a legal procedure that saves the lives of women. So if you're pregnant and the fetus threatens your life, pay for it yourself. And if you can't, then good luck. If you're a victim of rape or incest, then pay for it yourself. And if you can't, good luck.
Of course, Nelson won't admit that barring federal funding for abortion essentially establishes a two-tiered system. People who would gain health coverage under the new bill don't have health coverage because they can't afford it. If health-care reform were to pass with a ban on funding for abortion, the bill would deny care to women who need it and cannot otherwise afford it.
Aside from his opposition to funding legal medical procedures, Nelson also agrees with noted douchebag Joe Lieberman that expanded Medicare coverage is a slippery slope to a socialist single-payer nightmare in which everyone has cost-efficient health insurance. (Lieberman opposes expanding Medicare even though he supported it all the way back in September of this year. As I mentioned, Lieberman is a noted douchebag.)
For those who desperately need health insurance, it's being held up by a guy who represents a little more than one half of one percent of our population. Ain't democracy grand?
Abortions for some!
UPDATE: There is now a Facebook group called "Joe Lieberman is a Douchebag." I hope they change it to "noted douchebag."