Before Harry Reid made his announcement on the public option opt out health care bill yesterday, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) was already talking against the bill passing in the Senate. He was flying to Florida with President Obama for a fundraiser and he shared some of his thoughts on the public option opt out with reporters, saying he didn’t think Reid would be able to get the 60 votes for the plan.
Sen. Nelson is against the public option and he voted against it in favor of a trigger in legislation a couple of weeks ago.
Yesterday he said this:
Nelson told reporters Monday that he thinks it will be hard for Reid to get 60 votes for a public option plan in which states can opt out, the Associated Press reports. At least four key senators seem opposed, Nelson said while traveling with President Obama on Air Force One to Florida.
If an opt-out plan passes, he reportedly said, he hopes states would not be able to exercise the opt-out for at least two years. Otherwise, Nelson said, the powerful insurance lobby “will convince state legislatures to opt out at the very beginning,” before a public option plan has had a chance to prove its worth.
He says there are “at least four key Senators who seem opposed” to the opt out.
Given Nelson’s stand on the entire health care bill in the past: favoring the trigger, and voting against the public option, plus a strong possibility that Florida would be one of those states likely to opt out, is it possible that Nelson himself will be one of those voting against it?
Plus, he’s spoken before about how pleased he already is with one of the larger insurance companies in Florida: Blue Cross Blue Shield.
He is also a member of a right-wing group of Republicans who have stood in opposition to health care reform of any kind. That right-wing “religious” group, or “cult” as it’s often referred to, is none other than “The Family.” This group has a great deal of interest in slowing down health care reform, and sees health care as a privilege, and not a right.
It has been suggested that those four Senators Nelson spoke of who might vote against the public option opt out could be: Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh, and Mary Landrieu.
Judging by his elusive actions on health care so far and his voting record up until now, isn’t it likely he may be one of them? Isn’t it a good possibility that he would vote against his constituents again on the next phase of the health care bill?
He doesn’t say that, and probably wouldn’t until he had to vote, but if you ask me, I would say the odds are pretty good.