Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said that he is hopeful that negotiations with Democratic leaders would yield a workable compromise on measure to wall off federal dollars from insurance plans that offer abortion services under a reformed healthcare system.
Nelson hopeful for compromise on abortion-funds issue
“Hopefully, we’re making progress,” said Nelson, who has been critical of the bill, after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
On Thursday, Nelson said that language written by another anti-abortion Democrat, Sen. Robert Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, did not go far enough in meeting his conditions.
Reid needs all 60 members of his Democratic caucus to advance a health overhaul package, but so far has met resistance from Nelson.
Nelson, a moderate Democrat from a primarily Republican state, has also said that he’s opposed to cost containment provisions in the bill that he finds too lax, an expansion of Medicaid eligibility and a provision that would create a federal long-term-care insurance program.
“As I’ve said, there’s always a lot of room between the bid and the ask,” he said. “We’re trying to see if we can close the gap.”
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