Rich Galen

WASHINGTON - The White House and Senate Democratic leaders seem willing to give Senator Ben Nelson just about anything he wants to win his support of major health care legislation.

Even in these days of Obama and Reid "just about anything" is a very, very big number. Maybe TWO bajallion Altarian dollars.

Nelson is strongly pro-life and is insisting on language which will prohibit use of tax money to fund abortions.

The problem for Obama and Reid appears to be: If language is added which is sufficient to gain Nelson's vote, Liberals in the House and Senate may revolt and scrap the whole deal.

Earlier this week, the massive Service Employees International Union (SEIU) boycotted a planned press conference in support of the legislation because the public option had been excised from the Senate version.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has called for the defeat of the bill because it doesn't have a public option.

The President might pull out wins in both Copenhagen and Capitol Hill. But it will cost you and me more money than we can ever repay.

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Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at