Yesterday Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) was in Tampa and spoke about his ideas on the health care reform. He seems to think the bill approved by the House on Saturday “leans to the left.”
“You have to satisfy a lot of senators. And it’s going to make it more of a political moderate approach, whereas the House bill is tilted a little bit to the left,” he said. As an example, Nelson pointed to the House’s tax on high income households to fund reform.
“I think it will be high drama for us to get the 60 votes to get it to the floor of the Senate for consideration,” he said. “At the end of the day when you get the final bill being passed by the Senate and the House, I bet you it’s bipartisan and it’s a fairly overwhelming vote. Because those Senators are hearing the same thing that I’m hearing if they’re listening to their folks. And that is we desperately want reform of health care.”
Ok. Maybe not so shocking coming from Nelson, who hasn’t “leaned to the left” either. He’s talking here of taxes and costs. That seems to be the story here. But I also wonder if there’s anything more to read between the lines? He’s is a member of “The Family”, the mostly Right Wing “Cult” on C Street that’s been trying to defeat health care reform. Last night Rachel Maddow spoke about this, and her report centered around the group’s anti-abortion views.
I don’t know if this has anything to do with Nelson’s views on reform or not, but here is that segment: