Health Care Reform’s Biggest Impediment Now: Ben Nelson
Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, the new Lieberman, is rejecting compromise on the abortion issue, which threatens to derail the entire health care plan.
Nelson told KLIN radio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Thursday that an attempt at compromise doesn’t get to the fundamental issue of barring federal funding for abortions.
Nelson says without further changes the compromise isn’t sufficient.
And Nelson says abortion isn’t his only concern. But one month ago, as Steve Benen notes, Nelson was singing a different tune, agreeing to abide by less restrictive language approved by the Senate Finance Committee. And one of three things has to happen if this is going to be done before Christmas:
Where does that leave us? Either a) someone can convince Nelson to change his mind; b) someone can convince Nelson to oppose the bill but let the Senate vote on it; or c) Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) breaks ranks.Click here for reuse options!
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