Democrats unveiled the latest version of their health care legislation
today and the proposal appeared to have the 60 votes it will need to
pass -- setting up a historic vote on the bill as soon as next week.
The final Democratic holdout, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, said in a
news conference on Capitol Hill this morning that he will support the
legislation after changes were made to address how abortion would be
handled under the bill.
"Change is never easy, but change is what's necessary in America
today," Nelson said. "I truly believe this legislation will stand the
test of time and will be noted as one of the major reforms of the 21
Nelson, however, fired a warning shot at the House -- saying
repeatedly that he would "reserve the right" to vote against the
measure later if the proposal was changed as lawmakers work to
reconcile differences between the two versions of the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has said he wants to vote on the bill before Christmas.
Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will speak with reporters at 10:45 a.m. ET. Read the text of the legislation here.
The legislation would give states the right to bar insurance
coverage within their borders and would mandate that every state
provide at least one insurance option that does not cover abortion.
Nelson said the bill will also prohibit federal funds from being used
to pay for the procedure.