Monday, December 21, 2009

Family Doctor Calls Sen. Ben Nelson a Healthcare Coward

Dec. 21, 2009 - Early this morning, the U.S. Senate voted 60 to 40 early to limit debate on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's amendment to the healthcare reform bill. That now allows a final vote on Christmas Eve to pass the bill the bill. It was a tight vote, with a lot of deal making by Democrats leading up to it. The required 60 votes was guaranteed after Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) agreed on Saturday to vote for the bill “if tougher abortion restrictions were added to the bill after it passes the Senate.” Nelson's vote was considered crucial. However, Nelson’s real motivation may have been a huge sweetheart deal given to him in exchange for his vote. According to FoxNews, “Nebraska's Nelson won permanent federal aid for his state's expanded Medicaid population, a benefit worth up to $100 million over 10 years. Other states get the federal aid for three years, but Nebraska's benefit is indefinite. His state also got an exemption for nonprofit insurance companies from a health insurance company tax. Many believe this was targeted at Mutual of Omaha, but senior Democratic aides would not confirm that.” In short, Nebraska will get better Medicaid service than the rest of the nation. Many are calling the deal a “bribe” made to Nelson in exchange for his vote, and that’s good reason for most Americans to be upset with Nelson and the Democrats. "As a result of Nelson’s performance in his role of Hamlet in the health care deliberations, we will have two health care systems in this country; one for Nebraska and one for the other 49 states," notes Warner Todd Huston, writing as "Publius" at (Also see "Monday Open Thread: Nebraska Edition.") However, many fair-minded Nebraskans are upset by Nelson’s "sellout." One such Nebraskan is Becky F. Hollibaugh, D.O. (osteopathic physician), a family practitioner at Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend, Nebraska. Dr. Hollibaugh wrote a scathing letter to Sen. Nelson (below), which she shared with blogger Michelle Malkin on December 20. Her letter is currently a hot item on blogs and quickly became a widely circulated email. Dear Senator Nelson: I send this message under “Tort Reform” because the current monstrosity you have pledged your support to says nothing whatsoever about Tort Reform. You have sold the physicians of Nebraska for zilch (zilch for us, but beaucoup federal bucks for you and the liberal partisans in this state). As a family practice physician in Small Town, Nebraska, I was counting on you to be the lone voice of Democratic sanity on this issue, but you sold me out. I will dedicate every spare minute of my time and every spare dollar I have to defeating you, should you run for re-election. The long hours I spent on my medical education and the long hours I spend treating my patients are nothing but chump change to you and your Democrat colleagues in Washington. I especially can’t wait for your equivocation and milquetoast evasion when your “compromises” on the abortion language in the bill are silently erased or quietly (on-little-legislative-cat’s-feet) eviscerated in the House/Senate give-and-take. Go on: Bet me that you won’t wuss-out on this issue! I know you won’t give two-seconds to this letter, but I had to write it. I’m a primary care doctor in YOUR state, and you sold me out. I didn’t slog through 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school and 3 years of residency just to have you hand my career and my patient/doctor relationships over to government lifers. Your gutless acquiescence to Obama and Harry Reid and ‘Nanny’ Pelosi will NOT be forgotten. Thank you, Ben, for forcing doctors like me to earn less than the repairmen who fix our appliances. Case in point: We recently had our dishwasher fixed. The repairman who came to our house charged $65 just to come and ‘diagnose’ the problem, then charged another $180 to ‘fix’ the problem. You and your fellow lawmakers have fixed MY going rate (Medicare) at $35 per-visit. Thank you for securing such a ‘lucrative’ rate for me! Thank you so much for making me–someone with 8 years of education!–make less than a mechanic or appliance repair technichian. And thanks especially for falling in line with Obama and the rest of the Democrats to make such a socialist system permanent. You have my disgust and disdain forever, you socialist-coddling coward. Sincerely, Becky F. Hollibaugh, D.O. Warren Memorial Hospital Ziimmerman Clinic Friend, NE 68359 RELATED: What Did Senators Get For Their Votes on Health Care? - Human Events Senate passes health care in wee-hour test vote, 60-40, faces scrutiny by House - GOP Leader McConnell Releases Statement on Historic Mistake - Gateway Pundit Bill Kristol Calls Passage of Obamacare a Suicide Mission - Leave a Comment * Conservative T-Shirts * Follow CNB on Twitter * RSS Feed