(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
This bill just gets worse. Sen. Ben Nelson turned down a compromise to his draconian proposal on abortion and now says he has “other” concerns about the bill.
WASHINGTON – A moderate Democrat whose vote could be crucial said Thursday an attempted Senate compromise on abortion is unsatisfactory, raising doubts about whether the chamber can pass President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul by Christmas.
“As it is, without modifications, the language concerning abortion is not sufficient,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a key holdout on the health care bill, said in a statement after first making his concerns known to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Nelson said there were positive improvements dealing with teen pregnancy and adoption, and that he was open to further negotiations. But in a radio interview earlier in the day with KLIN in Lincoln, Nebraska, Nelson also said that abortion wasn’t his only concern and he didn’t see how the Christmas deadline was achievable.
This travesty that is passing as health care reform is splitting the Democratic Party in two with the White House and, now former Pres Bill Clinton, criticizing Dr. Howard Dean.
Former President Bill Clinton echoed the theme, issuing a statement in which he urged fellow Democrats to “take it from someone who knows: these chances don’t come around every day.” Mr. Clinton’s former chief of staff, John Podesta, a close Obama ally, pushed back against Mr. Dean on the Internet and on television.
Of course the Republicans are feigning surprise at the Democrat vs. Democrat fall out over the bill with Sen. John McCain now saying he sides with Dr. Dean.
Republicans, who have been going all out to kill the bill, couldn’t believe what they were hearing from Democrats.
“If you live long enough, all things can happen,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on the Senate floor. “I now find myself in complete agreement with Dr. Howard Dean, who says that we should stop this bill in its tracks. … Dr. Dean, I am with you.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders has stated the he may not vote for the bill because it doesn’t do enough to regulate insurance companies. It remains unclear if that means he will not vote for cloture.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the liberal Independent from Vermont, said on Wednesday that he cannot accept the bill as it is currently shaping up because it does not control costs or rein in health insurance companies.
“I’m struggling with this,” Sanders said Wednesday evening on Fox News. “As of this point, I’m not voting for the bill… I’m going to do my best to make this bill a better bill, a bill that I can vote for, but I’ve indicated both to the White House and the Democratic leadership that my vote is not secure at this point.”
Now another voice has been added to the opposition. Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), who replaced Obama in the Senate, stated that he could not vote for this bill because it lacks a public option or a government run insurance plan.
Hopefully there will be enough nay votes to kill this bull