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Fox News: Ben Nelson Opposes Health Reform Because He ‘Understands The True Meaning Of Christmas’

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Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) is still refusing to support Senate health care reform legislation, with his main objection being that the bill doesn’t restrict women’s rights enough by severely limiting access to abortions. Today on Fox News, host Steve Doocy and analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. lauded Nelson for his “moral” stance. But they then went even further, arguing that Nelson is obstructing progress because he “understands the true meaning of Christmas” — unlike all the immoral people who want to make sure that Americans have access to quality, affordable health care as soon as possible:

DOOCY: Democrat senator from Nebraska Ben Nelson, the holdout on health care reform right now on the Democrat side. The sticking point? Abortion, which could push lawmakers up right until Christmas. But could it be because he understands the true meaning of Christmas? [...]

JOHNSON: So what you have is an interesting, almost Christmas pageant. On one hand, we have this political or secular rush for the Democratic Party: “We must get this done by Christmas,” and if you don’t it done, you’re going to be there on Christmas Eve, you’re going to be there on the day after Christmas, and you’re going to get this done.

But on the other hand, I was thinking, perhaps there is a greater moral or ethical imperative from Sen. Ben Nelson, conservative Democrat from Nebraska, who has a lot of experience in the insurance industry and was a very successful governor in that state. He’s saying, implicitly, the true meaning of Christmas is that you don’t destroy babies. You don’t destroy children. And that the federal government should not be part and parcel of that in terms of funding it.

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Democrats wanted to pass health care before Christmas; Republicans like DeMint are the ones trying to delay the process to the holiday. DeMint told The Hill that it was his “responsibility” to “stretch this out,” stressing that “he would force [Senate Majority Leader] Reid to go late into Christmas Eve to pass healthcare legislation.”

Conservatives have been trying to co-opt Christmas to essentially claim that progressives supporting the Senate health care legislation are waging a War on Christmas. This week at the Code Red Rally on Capitol Hill, Tea Party protesters said they were making a Christmas “sacrifice” by coming and petitioning senators to kill the bill, and right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham compared Reid to the Grinch.

Transcript:

DOOCY: Democrat senator from Nebraska Ben Nelson, the holdout on health care reform right now on the Democrat side. The sticking point? Abortion, which could push lawmakers up right until Christmas. But could it be because he understands the true meaning of Christmas? Peter Johnson, Jr. joins us now with prescriptions for truth.

What he is arguing for is he wants no federal money used for abortion, and there is currently in one of those bills language that would provide that.

JOHNSON: Right, and what he’s looking for is language similar to what’s called the Stupak amendment on the House side. So what you have is an interesting, almost Christmas pageant. On one hand, we have this political or secular rush for the Democratic Party: “We must get this done by Christmas,” and if you don’t it done, you’re going to be there on Christmas Eve, you’re going to be there on the day after Christmas, and you’re going to get this done.

But on the other hand, I was thinking, perhaps there is a greater moral or ethical imperative from Sen. Ben Nelson, conservative Democrat from Nebraska, who has a lot of experience in the insurance industry and was a very successful governor in that state. He’s saying, implicitly, the true meaning of Christmas is that you don’t destroy babies. You don’t destroy children. And that the federal government should not be part and parcel of that in terms of funding it.

And that there is a rush — and that’s acknowledged by everyone for whatever reason — people in the Democratic Party don’t want this bill to go forward in 2010. There’s this dividing line called “Christmas” for some reason that says, “Okay, if it’s in 2009 and the Senate passes it, we’re not going to have the consequences of a bill that no one likes in 2010.”

And so Sen. Nelson, in my view, is taking a principled opinion, in some sense, based on his own moral code and belief, and saying, “No, let’s slow this down a little bit, this is not where I’m at.”

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