Ben Nelson: No Health Care if No Change in Public Option and Abortion Funding

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 22, 2009 10:29am

On "This Week" Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said he couldn't live with the health care bill that was just voted on last night.  

He gave me a list of non-starters, including the opt-out public option.  Nelson did leave a little room for negotiation on a public option.  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., also on our show, said she's willing to negotiate the public option in conference committee. 

Nelson also told me he wants stronger language prohibiting federal funds for abortion.  And he wants more cost control.  End result: Nelson made it clear he would not vote this bill off the Senate floor.  


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