August 21st, 2009
08:15 AM ET
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Tune in: Sen. Ben Nelson talks health care on CNN at 11 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Moderate Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, a power broker in the health care negotiations, joins Ed Henry to discuss the latest developments in the debate that could determine the fate of President Obama’s domestic agenda.

Was Nelson pleased by the president’s decision to show more flexibility over a public option, and will this make it more likely that the senator will provide a pivotal swing vote in favor of health care reform this fall?

Tune in at 11 a.m. ET today to 44 with Ed Henry.

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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Between the Totally Confused Morons in the state of Florida, the domestic jihad (GOP), and I-don't-get-it Democrats, I could'nt care less about any further discussion on the subject. President Obama needs to gather the troops, smooth out the rough edges and pass the reform. Truly enough already! The fact that there are actully people out there that believe that the President is not a citizen makes any possibility of reasonable discussion implausible. Let's move on to the next subject.

    August 21, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Ben Nelson is a hack. This bum actually believes a watered-down version of healthcare is going to help a system that is broken down. On the other hand, he probably doesn't believe that nor does he care on way or the other. The public option is a must. Single-payer would even be better. Another Democractic "sell-out" on healthcare and I will not be voting these losers back into office in 2010 & 2012.

    Progressive members of congress have nothing left to lose. All is going out the window. So, let's go back to what we originally wanted to do a few months back and start prosecuting members of the Bush Administration for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Afterall, they did start a war based on lies.

    Wishy-washy liberals just keep destroying the Democratic Party. Time to put on the brass knuckes and start slugging these right-wing liars in the jaw!

    August 21, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. haren

    He should be supporting president and not worried about his election.
    people memory is very short, the way republican vote against judge sotomayor without worried about Hispanic vote, he should do same on health care to do right thing.

    August 21, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. We'll See

    Wake up folks...Republicans do nothing and create misinformation to destroy reform on the Democrats watch. Every interview with a Republican leader says the system needs Major reform and will collapse if it isn't addressed..yet do nothing..why you ask? They are waiting. They know that using lies and fear tactics will terminate Democratic reform. Once they have the position to implement 'theirs' it will be more of the same, just as Iraq, Medicare D and the Patriot Act. They will hand ALL health care to big insurance with no bid contracts, remove any government involvement and let the market 'take care of itself'. This is why you don't hear ANYTHING about a Republican plan. End medicare, no government involvement pay the outrageous demands set by insurance companies or you go without period. Democratic proposal might not be perfect, but people need to look down the road and see what's coming.

    August 21, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Southerner

    Looks like we have someone who is really not a Democrat, how did he even gets past the primaries??? A dem trying to act like a Conservative??? I dont buy that Kool Aid nor the GOPS Kool Aid that the GOP and psycho Steele know what they are doing.

    Conservatives go buy that Kool Aid so I can sell you a bridge that goes nowhere!!!

    August 21, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. haren

    Ed Henry another republican on CNN news cast.

    August 21, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Anonymous

    The GOP have no intention of voting for any health care reform.

    I say to the President and the Democrats pass a single payer non-profit universal health care bill and be done with it. Then go on to energy and immigration with or without GOP support. The GOP have shown already they are never going to help the people, This President or the Democrats. Never.

    We voted to get things done not to have this gridlock in congress again.

    People demand a single payer non-profit universal health care bill.

    August 21, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Clark

    Good. Perhaps the American public finally realizes they voted for a far far left socialist and are not happy as he shows his true colors rather then the lying lies during the campaign.

    I can only hope we defeat the far left democrats in 2010 and Obama is a one term president.

    Bush will look like a genius by the time Obama is done.

    August 21, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. ran

    The GOP have no intention of ever voting for a health care bill.

    I say to the President and the Democrats pass a single payer non-profit universal health care bill now; then go on to energy and immigration with or without the GOP.

    The GOP have already shown with the previous bills they are not going to support or even negotiate anything with this President or the Democrats.

    We voted so things would get done and stop this gridlock in congress. If that means doing it alone with just the President and the Democrats then so be it. It is time our elected officials both GOP and Democrats do for the people rather then for themselves.

    August 21, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. Chipster

    Republicans have indicated that they will not support anything the President presents. It unfortunate but they're goal is to block any progress in hopes that it will give them an advantage in 2010.

    It the President and Democrats want to provide meaningful health reform for the millions of uninsured Americans, they might as well proceed without the Republicans. They will have to give up on bipartisanship to achieve anything.

    Listen to the nonsense: death panels, rationed care (like insurance companies don't do that?), rejection of even co-ops, unhinged Townhall attendees with swastikas and screaming incoherently about Russia...

    It's Nuts! We need to stop wasting time and move forward because 10,000 to 15,000 more Americans are added to the list of uninsured every day.

    August 21, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Mississippi Mike

    If he's listening to his constituents then he'll be opposed to it. If he thinks that siding with the decreasingly popular president will help his political career, he's sorely mistaken.

    August 21, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. PaulC

    I think that the Administration should cancel any plans to reform the health care in the U.S. and Obama should vacation in Hawaii and clear brush. Make Bush president for life and all will be well.
    I would dismantle social security, medicare, medicaid, food stamps, welfare, disability assistance and return to 1929.
    Unfortunately the U.S. citizen is too stupid to know what is good or bad and is content to huddle in their home in fear tuned in to Hannity. Rush and Bill O'Reilly for guidance.

    August 21, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. Frank from Florida

    If Bill Nelson supports a one payor system that will eventually take over healthcare and create government healthcare rationing, then his carrer in Senate is over. We Floridians appreciate his service to this state but this vote will define his tenure here as our representitive. if he really care about seniors he will not vote in favor of socialized medicine. We must start with tort reform for the healthcare system before we can address healthcare reform. We can not get that however ,because the people in congress are all lawyers and they will not write legislation against their industry. I voted for him but I can not support him if he will support anything close the HR 3200.

    August 21, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. Torch

    I hope Nelson can convince his fellow Dems that there is more than 1 way to reform healthcare without a massive govt. takeover/entitlement.

    I wish Obama would move the hell away from the far left (I believe he actually can't because this is stuck in his DNA). He ought to know by now you can't govern that way. Look at Bill Clinton, he eventually learned.

    No Public Options, no Trojan horses, it's not going to work.

    August 21, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. jennifer

    Ben Nelson is America's angel. Nelson and the blue dog Democrats want the best possible health reform for all Americans. And this too government heavy/too light on real savings bill is NOT it. Really, at this point, I wish they would just start all over again from scratch.

    August 21, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Randolph Carter the evil Obamabot

    No public option = no reform

    Now it comes out about trying to raise the terror alert before Bush's 2nd election. If you don't see how the republicans try to manipulate you through fear, then you're truly naive. Why would you believe anything the republicans say ever again? They are desperate and that makes them dangerous. The sad thing is that most Americans are not smart enough to see through their ploy. Even when their lies have been debunked, their little minions will insist until the last that they're true. Have a nice day!

    August 21, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. The black Spider

    Ben Nelson from Nebraska? Please give me a break. Let me tell you what I live in Omaha nebraska and I have no interest in listening to a Republican Deguised as a democrat to get to the senate, A man on Bed with Mutual of Omaha and Blue cross blue shield which base is in nebraska because 75% of his campaign money comes from this companies. I will listen to him if he support public option which he will never do and i am ready to swear on the bible for that.
    He can fool democrats and the ignorant republican base here but not me.

    August 21, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Helen

    I should not talk,because I am Canadian and have the best care,.
    But I am worrying about my friends and relatives that some have lost their jobs what is going to happen to them when they get sick?
    The ones are against health care you are crazy.
    Pleople should go out and demostrate ,just like the Rich Republicans.
    The ones that are against are only the rich ones that steeling from the people.
    I am glad I live in Canada

    August 21, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Pepou

    YES to public option. Without it this reform is absurd and will produce nothing.

    August 21, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. David In West Virginia

    Senator Nelson should know the playbook of the Conservative Right Wing by now and stand solidly behind the President and the Democrats of which he is a member to get quality healthcare with a public option done. He needs to stop catering and cowtowing to the Insurance Lobby!

    August 21, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Was Nelson pleased?

    Wow CNN you really know how to put your audience on the edge of their seat

    August 21, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Independent for health care

    I am never one to agree with Nancy Pelosi readily, but in this instance she is right. A public OPTION is the only way to reign in excessive costs. Anything else is not really going to spur competition which is the essential ingredient.

    August 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Zafar

    Public option hily desirable

    August 21, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. Just the facts please

    The President is giving the right, just enough line. Its like catching a record fish,you have to give just enough line before you set the hook.This fish will hang on the wall at the end of the day.

    August 21, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. George

    The public option is the pants, not the suspenders. Congress and President Obama are the belt. Without them America will be caught again with their pants down. And the republicans will drive by and hit a mud puddle and again splash America with their pants down.

    August 21, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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