Ben Nelson, Indiscriminate Cog Binder
In recent weeks, the media has linked Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D-Neb.) opposition to health reform directly to the abortion language in the bill — as if satisfying the Nebraska conservative on that point would win his support for the proposal.
In negotiations with the White House and Senate leaders this week, Nelson is warning that there are a host of issues outside of abortion that could keep him from supporting the bill. Roll Call reports:
This Democratic source said Nelson is “worried” about what might be hidden in the bill. The source also indicated that Nelson views all of his concerns with the bill equally, as opposed to the widely held notion that assuaging the Nebraskan on abortion is enough to secure his vote. The source said Nelson will not support the legislation unless he’s happy with the final language.
Among Nelson’s other concerns is a broad expansion of Medicaid, which only happens to be the central element of both the House and Senate bills. If he’s not willing to agree to that, then this debate will still be raging in March.