Senator Nelson Key Vote In Health Care Controversy

By: The Associated Press / WOWT Email
By: The Associated Press / WOWT Email

Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson continues to be the focus of intense interest and pressure as leaders in his party continue to push highly controversial changes in every American's personal health care.

In one article, The Associated Press describes Nelson as the "Democrat making everybody wait" as to whether Majority Leader Harry Reid has enough votes to force the measure through the Senate.

In recent days Senator Nelson has continued to raise concerns on two issues: taxpayer funding for abortions and the expansion of Medicare to people as young as 55.

Bucking the Democratic party on a major issue would not be a first for Nelson who is generally seen as a moderate in the Senate. During his tenure Nelson joined with Republicans to support President George W Bush's tax cuts and reject certain issues important to organized labor.

Nelson's insistence on the abortion funding issue has produced a scramble in the highest levels of government to either satisfy him or find a Republican to vote for the bill in his place.

On Sunday Senator Nelson also expressed serious reservations about plans to expand Medicare to people as young as 55-year-old. The idea is that in so doing it would make the bill more palatable to Liberals who have seen the bill stripped of the so-called "public option".

Nelson and other senators expressed concerns about the cost of the Medicare change and described it as another attempt to ultimately have the government take over all health care in the country.

As Christmas fast approaches it is still uncertain whether Senator Reid will have enough support to put the legislation up for a vote before the holiday.

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