The health care reform effort at the Capitol is raising an old dilemma for some politicians: Is a bill always “better than nothing”?
North Dakota Nebraska Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson is the latest facing the issue, and he’s decided it’s not.
“Faced with a decision about whether or not to move a bill that is bad, I won’t vote to move it,” Nelson told ABC News.
Nelson is opposed to a public option.
Minnesota politicians may be faced with the same dilemma, only this one is over a tax on the medical device industry that’s in the House bill, according to MPR’s Elizabeth Stawicki.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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