Nebraska's Nelson: An undecided man in the middle

AP News
Posted: Dec 16, 2009 12:36 PM

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson still isn't on board a massive health care bill even after a one-on-one meeting with President Barack Obama.

Nelson told reporters from his homestate of Nebraska Wednesday that Obama made a strong case for passing the legislation during a private White House session Tuesday but he still has many concerns about the bill. They include federal funds for abortion, funds for Medicare, cuts in payments to nursing homes and controlling health care costs.

Nelson is the only known potential holdout among the 60 senators who are members of the Democratic Party's caucus. He dismissed rumors about threats or promised help in exchange for his vote for the bill, saying: "My vote is not for sale _ period."