Health Care Legislation Slowed by Moderate Democrat and 767-Page Amendment
While the Senate Democrats are aspiring to get the health care reform bill passed by Christmas, a couple obstacles are still standing in their way.
First of all, Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska still has concerns about abortion and other issues. Nelson's vote is a key Democratic vote, as he is the "only known holdout among 60 senators whose votes are needed to move the bill." Obama has had three one-on-one meetings with the Senator in the past eight days, trying to persuade him to vote for the bill.
Another struggle the Democrats ran into was when Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, invoking his right, required the clerk to read aloud a 767-page amendment. Coburn's actions were fueled when Democratic Senator Max Baucus ignored his requirement that "any amendment considered by the Senate be offered 72 hours in advance and with a full cost report."
It looks like the Republicans will not back down easily. Hopefully they will be able to show the Democrats how bad this bill will be for Americans!