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Blue dog Ben Nelson explains why he opposes the public option

Ben Nelson Personally Calls Nebraskan Who Ripped Him In Health Care Ad

First Posted: 08- 4-09 10:14 AM | Updated: 08- 4-09 11:27 AM

Hours after he appeared in a television ad attacking Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) for slow-walking health care reform, local Nebraska businessman Michael Snider received a phone call.

It was Nelson.

The senator wasn't pleased about the ad being released in his home state -- his office would later suggest that the ads would compel the senator to blow up the reform process altogether.

But with Snider on the line, Nelson was less bombastic, trying instead to persuade a local constituent with substantive concerns that there was middle ground.

"To be real honest with you, I don't know if he was just being aggressive or nervous but he just wanted to put out his position on the issue," Snider recalled in an interview with the Huffington Post. "He said he supported the public option but one that wouldn't affect the current plans of 200 million Americans."

"I told him I didn't understand. And he tried to explain it. He put his position out. He said if we went with a full public option -- which he called a government plan -- it would drive the price down and hurt private companies. I said, 'you mean competition.' And he replied that it would force people off the private plan and onto the government plan."

"That happened twice," Snider concluded. "He was telling me how bad a public option would be and when he was done I said, 'So you don't support a public option.' He would reply, 'That's not what I say.'"

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So competition = BAD!!!!! He supports a public option, BUT ONLY IF IT DOESN'T DRIVE PRICES DOWN FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Nice.
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