November 18th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
9 years ago

Landrieu, Nelson sound positive note after Reid meeting

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.

Filed under: Ben Nelson • Blanche Lincoln • Harry Reid • Health care • Mary Landrieu
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. annie against biased news

    The government rationed no-health care bill has not yet passed and yet the parasites that call themselves president, the terrorist loving administration and all the little other parasites in the house and senate have already begun to ration health care!

    November 18, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. commonsense

    do you guys know how to read it says reduces the deficit by 126 billion over 10 years, what are some of you referring to when you say "we can't afford this"?. what we couldn't afford was tax cuts for the rich and the war in iraq that brought in deficits in the trillions. hypocrites

    November 18, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Mickey cram it right down the Republicans' pie hole. Remember the old are either with us or against us.

    Republicans are AGAINST us...they're against YOU.

    GOP: Evolve or die...

    November 18, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Barbara Independent in NY

    At this time, would anyone really believe anything that Nelson, Landrieu or for that matter Sen. Lincoln had to say? They all care more about the insurance cartels than they care for their own constituents.

    November 18, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. Obamunism must go.

    Nelson, Landrieu, and Lincoln – 3 Senators heading for bitter losses in their next re-election attempts.

    November 18, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. JIM

    Spending seems to be tha hallmark of the democrat party why are we surprized that soon the country will be broke and fully dependent on China, then we can join the communist party as our beloved leader Obama and his minions have wanted all along.

    November 18, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. Razorback

    This is the same bunch that sent hundreds of millions of dollars of stimulus money to nonexistent congressional districts and we expect to trust them with our health care?
    See ticker item below (that CNN closed after just 62 comments).

    November 18, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. valwayne

    This bill is just like the corrupt stimulous bill. The costs and taxes requried to support the true cost are hidden to get a CBO score. The reality is it will lead to the complete takeover of our health care system by the Government. It will cost trillions upon trillions. Every working American will be taxed until their eyes bleed to pay for Obamacare, and when you need healthcare you may well find out you are too old, too sick, or need a procedure that they won't cover because the costs will be so out of control. Both of these Senators know this is a costly corrupt joke. Demand the truth and don't let these Senators play same old game of razzle dazzle. If you live in either of these states tell them to stop! We need jobs and the economy restored before we can start spending trillions upon trillions!!!!

    November 18, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Otto

    Thi is sick. Reading these post gives me a bad taste in my mouth. I wonder how many of you readers have a sick member in your family.

    I don't have any one close who is sick presently; but, I see people who are everyday.

    Do you feel good knowing that many people can't afford heat for this winter? How about food on their table, if they are lucky to have a table? On the ground maybe! Or out of a paper bag.

    It is amazing that there are so many people in this great nation who are selfish, so-called human beings. Would you rather spending two trillion dollars invading another country? How about all the innocent lives wasted? Is that better than feeding and providing assistance for our own people right here in the good USA?

    Geez! Please don't tell me you are Christians! Christ would not give you the time of day! By the way, I pay taxes and for insurance and even out of network coverage; BUT, I am human and have a beating heart. Not one made of metal...

    November 18, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. AJ

    you can be sure if it has nelson's stamp of approval that it is a massive givaway to the insurance industry. Nelson is a former insurance exec and has received $1,195,299 from insurance interests, $399,345 from health professionals, $258,483 from the pharmaceutical industry, and $195,138 from hospital and nursing home interests during his 3 campaigns for public office.

    November 18, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Beverly in NC

    They should sound positive. It is past time for healthcare reform in this country and no Democrat is going to deny the American people the most positive and historic legislation if our lifetime. Democrats will once again be on the right side of history like they were when they passed Social Security. Medicare, Civil Rights Acts, Voting Rights, Equal Rights for Women and all the progressive social legislation this country has. Democrats are the Party of the People and will prove it again with real healthcare reform.

    November 18, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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