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Bill Nelson defends ObamaCare vote (and btw, he went into space)

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space.jpgDemocratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson faces one of the toughest re-election fights of his career, with outside groups having already spent roughly $10 million attacking him as a liberal and for supporting the Affordable Care Act.

Campaigning in Pinellas County on Monday, Nelson made no apologies for that vote while acknowledging he has taken plenty of criticism for it. He recounted one town hall meeting in rural North Florida, where a man wagged his finger at Nelson and demanded that he repeal "Obamacare."

"Would you like me to repeal the part where you can keep your kid on your family policy until age 26? Would you like me to repeal that part that says that the insurance company can't cancel you when you're in the middle of treatment?," Nelson said.

"What about the part that says . . . if you have a large group health insurance policy that the insurance company now, in law, is going to have to give you 85 cents of health care for your premium dollar?"

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[Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:00am]

    

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