Politics

After Supreme Court Decision, Bill Nelson and Connie Mack Spar Over Health Care

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 29, 2012 3:55 AM
Bill Nelson and Connie Mack

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack

With the Supreme Court deciding on Thursday to uphold most of the federal health-care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, the issue moves to the center stage of the close battle in Florida as Democrat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson looks to win a third term.

Nelson, who voted for the health-care law back in 2010, doubled down on his support of it on Thursday after the court ruled to uphold it.

“A lot of us feel the health-care law wasn’t perfect,” Nelson said. “But it was needed. Our system was broken and we had to do something. Insurance companies were refusing to cover people or dropping those who got sick. So, we passed legislation to prevent insurers from running roughshod over people. And today, the Supreme Court upheld most of these reforms. Now, I think it’s time we finish the job of fixing our economy and creating more jobs.”

Nelson ranks as one of the Democrat incumbents targeted by the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) and that group made clear that they will make health care an issue as he seeks a third term.

“The Supreme Court’s decision makes clear that Bill Nelson was not telling the truth when he promised that his massive health-care bill would not increase taxes on Florida families and small businesses,” said Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for the NRSC, on Thursday. “The stakes are now clear in this election – the only way to stop the massive tax increases, government spending and cuts to Medicare contained in Obamacare is to replace liberal Bill Nelson in Washington.”  

The Republican candidates battling in the August primary also took aim at Nelson on Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., the heavy favorite to win the Republican nomination in the August primary as the GOP determines who will challenge Nelson in November, ripped into his potential Democrat incumbent on Thursday.

"Bill Nelson cast the deciding vote on the largest tax ever placed on the American people and he will be held accountable in November by all Floridians,” Mack said. “Obamacare not only kills jobs, burdens families and runs up our already-massive debt, it oversteps its bounds by stripping Americans of their freedoms and mandating compliance with a government edict by calling the law a tax.
 
“Not only was Bill Nelson an unrelenting champion of the government takeover of health care, he cast the deciding vote on the most obscene new tax in our nation’s history – $525 billion according to the Congressional Budget Office, with implementation cost now double the original $900 billion estimate,” Mack continued. "When he cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, Bill Nelson said this 'would help reduce the nation's deficit.'  Bill Nelson knew this was a tax, supported it and has put our nation on the road to Greece. Shame on you, Senator Nelson.
 
“The people of Florida don’t want and can’t afford Bill Nelson’s ‘lockstep liberal’ ways,” Mack said in conclusion. “Obamacare must be repealed and replaced. Enough is enough.”
 
Mack has a strong lead in the polls over his opponents for the Republican nomination, including former U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon and businessman and retired Army officer Mike McCalister.

Both Nelson and Mack looked to use the decision to spur their fundraising on Thursday.

Nelson weighed in on the decision in an email sent out to supporters on Thursday as he looks to fundraise before the end of the second quarter on Saturday.

“Today's Supreme Court ruling upholding health care reform  means insurance companies can no longer cancel your policy if you get  sick,” Nelson wrote.  It means you won't be denied care or charged more due to a  pre-existing condition.  And it means your children can stay on the  family's policy until they're 26.Those are just a few of the protections in the health care  law the Court ruled to be constitutional.

Nelson ripped into “the right-wing extremists" who “took to the airwaves and Internet to attack the decision -- and to blast anyone, including me, who dared disagree with them.” He added that he thought “today’s ruling was a victory for people over  special interests.”

The Mack camp also sent out an email hammering Nelson on health-care to supporters on Thursday. Sources close to the Mack campaign insisted that the Republican candidate was generating increased web traffic and donations after the decision was unveiled on Thursday.



Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859.

Comments (13)

Vanessa
7:01PM JUL 2ND 2012
Replace Bill Nelson
Jim
3:15AM JUL 2ND 2012
"Mack has a strong lead in the polls over his opponents for the Republican nomination"

Uh Kevin, he only has three opponents and you forgot to mention one of them. Let me help you. Her name is MARIELENA STUART (STUART2012). Maybe her first name is too difficult for you, so let me give you a tip that will help you in the future. Just put Marie and then add lena and what do you get? That's right, MARIELENA. See, its not as difficult as you thought.
GenEarly
1:40PM JUL 1ST 2012
Marielena Stuart is the Constitutional Conservative in the Republican Primary. Connie Mack refuses to debate any of the other candidates in the Republican Primary. Why? Are endorsements from the Ruling Elites enough to pre-select the nominee? Obviously Mack thinks so. Although he differs with Nelson on this issue,they share the same Elitist Arrogance and disdain for the citizens.
Marj
9:52AM JUN 30TH 2012
Connie Mack is not--at least not yet--my choice. But he got it right on this one! The Supreme Ct has given us a tremendous gift. Any politician who does not recognize this & take full advantage of it is probably not smart enough to hold the office he seeks! It is ObamaTAX--NOT ObamaCARE!!! We need to hammer this home at every opportunity. Nelson voted for this unprecedented tax on all of us. Not to mention the many "little" taxes hidden within this monstrosity which have not yet come to light. Any politician who promised "no new taxes" & voted for this thing needs to be voted out or needs to be in the front lines of the repeal effort.
Frank
12:19PM JUN 30TH 2012
I'm so glad you're so much the expert that you've found hidden taxes.

Mind giving us just one example (and no, you don't get to cite one anyone else has discussed in the media, you have to actually read the bill and do your own research).

And your example is (or are you just spouting partisan shrill hot air)?
GenEarly
1:46PM JUL 1ST 2012
There is a Tax on manufacturers of medical devices (pacemaker as only one example). I can only hope that you can't afford one or find one if needed and even better if your Obamacare Death Panel turns you down as a non-viable option.
There is nothing quite as sweet as "useful idiot" Socialists being done in by their Commissar Comrades.
Frank
11:55AM JUL 2ND 2012
Oh, we're back to the Death Panel myth - don't you ever get out, that's been shown to be an out and out lie. Are you a liar, or is this delusional? Perhaps delusional, as you seem to believe you're Marj.

I'm afraid we'll just have to observe closely now to see if this is evolving into early Mad Hatter Disorder. You seem to be demonstrating the first clinical symptom - coprolalia.

We'll just keep observing to see if that progresses to increased neurological damage including confused speech and distorted vision. If so, the long term disgnosis is poor, typically demonstrating high frustration coupled with increasing rage and hatred, usually becoming fatal upon a major mental or political setback.

In the meanwhile, I'd advise keeping away from any more tea party exposure - that just tends to feed the delusional state and aggrevates the other mental and neurological symptoms.
Frank
10:30AM JUN 29TH 2012
Funny, but perhaps before you follow Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV down the reddish brick road to visit the Wizard of Repeal, perhaps you might look to see what the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society all had to say about the Supreme Court decision.

See, unlike Cornelius, they actually know something about medical care.

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
AMA "has long supported health insurance coverage for all, and we are pleased that this decision means millions of Americans can look forward to the coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy.

"This decision protects important improvements, such as ending coverage denials due to pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on insurance, and allowing the 2.5 million young adults up to age 26 who gained coverage under the law to stay on their parents' health insurance policies." "The expanded health care coverage upheld by the Supreme Court will allow patients to see their doctors earlier rather than waiting for treatment until they are sicker and care is more expensive. The decision upholds funding for important research on the effectiveness of drugs and treatments and protects expanded coverage for prevention and wellness care, which has already benefited about 54 million Americans."

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
The court's decision "will benefit America's heart health for decades to come. Questions about the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality have overshadowed the law's progress. With this ruling, that uncertainty has finally been put to rest.

"By upholding the law, the nation's highest court has sent a clear message that patients should be the first priority in an ever-changing health care arena. The court's action in support of the ACA helps remind us what's really important -- enabling all Americans to obtain affordable, quality health care."

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
The Supreme Court decision is "a victory for people with cancer and their families nationwide, who for decades have been denied health coverage, charged far more than they can afford for lifesaving care and forced to spend their life savings on necessary treatment, simply because they have a pre-existing condition."

Funny, I think I'll believe the AMA, AHA and ACS about my medical care before listening to a partisan shrill like Cornelius.
Get with it
7:13PM JUL 1ST 2012
If you looked a little further into these 3 organizations, especially the AMA, you will notice that only 17% of active, practicing doctors are members. The AMA is an arm of the federal government, they make $100 million per year for the use of their medical coding and, by the way, they sell insurance, lots of insurance. O'care suits their bottom line. They could care less about the doctor-patient relationship and the same goes for the other two.
Frank
11:56AM JUL 2ND 2012
Don't like the facts, lie. That does seem to be your motto.

Out and out lies. You lie, what don't you understand about the word?

And such stupid lies - "The AMA is an arm of the federal government".

You are a liar, plain and simple.
GenEarly
1:53PM JUL 1ST 2012
Excellent Frank ! Believing is crucial to the Sheeple. Others may want to use their EYES and Ears. Why do Canadians with most "excellent" government "health care" come to Detroit for Help? Maybe because you die in Canada before the diagnosis is even done, that way surgical costs that aren't even provided are lowered.
Frank
11:53AM JUL 2ND 2012
Can't deny the facts presented, so try and change the subject.

Very persuasive . . . maybe to a third grader.

Meanwhile, "American" medical professions are supporting this medical reform.

You just don't like that. It doesn't fit your delusional paradigm.
Vanessa
6:19AM JUN 29TH 2012
Yes..Bill Nelson needs to be replaced!!!!!!!!!!!

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