Nelson might not back next step for health bill

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Posted: Nov 22, 2009 10:25 AM

A moderate Democratic senator who voted to allow debate over a health care bill says he might not support the bill in its next hurdle in the Senate.

Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska says he has serious problems with the bill. He says he wants tougher restrictions on what services taxpayers pay for.

The Nebraska Democrat says he wants an overhaul of the nation's health care system but still needs to be convinced that the Senate bill is the right path to that goal.

On Saturday night, Democrats mustered the minimum 60 votes needed to advance the Senate bill to debate after the Thanksgiving break. After that debate, the bill faces another vote that requires 60 senators in support.

Nelson appeared Sunday on ABC's "This Week."