Washington (CNN) – Coming out of their Wednesday meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana both had positive comments that suggested they were more ready to vote for a motion that would allow debate to begin on the Democrats' health care plan than they had been prior to this afternoon's sitdown.
Landrieu and Nelson, along with fellow moderate Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, met with Reid in his office.
"Sen. Reid gave me some assurances that some of my concerns will be dealt with," said Landrieu, who stressed she would not make a decision on whether to vote for the motion to proceed until the text of the bill was released, and she had a chance to review some of the provisions again.
"I’ve been very clear. There are two or three issues," she told CNN. "One, does this bill actually drive down costs to individuals, to businesses and to the government. Number two, is there a quote, public option that will undermine the private insurance market - and if there is, it needs to come out at some point. It needs to come out at some point.
"And then thirdly, have we done the very best we can to help small businesses afford this health insurance. So he gave me some assurances along those lines that he’s working hard towards those goals, but until I see the bill I can’t give you a definite.”
Nelson also told CNN he was withholding his final decision on the motion to proceed until he had a chance to "study (the bill) or at least review it to begin with."
"But there were concerns raised about making sure the bill is (public) for some time, and what is the process there," he added. "Would the bill be read on the floor. Those kinds of questions."
Did Reid manage to satisfy his concerns on that issue? "At this point in time, it sort of seems like it. So I think we’ll know more after…. we weren’t seeking commitments so much as we were expressing our concerns and our interests, and I think we’ll know more after the 5 pm caucus."
Nelson also said the meeting did not include discussion of any of the specifics regarding abortion language, the antitrust exemption for the insurance industry, and other issues of concern to him.