Centrist Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) said Thursday he won't vote to advance the Senate healthcare bill unless it's changed.
Nelson said more stringent restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion must be included in the bill if it is to win his vote.
"If it's not at the point where I think it needs to be with the improvements that I'm pushing — and they've made a lot of them — then I will not vote for cloture on the motion to end debate," Nelson said in an interview on KLIN radio in Nebraska.
"There's a lot of improvement on the legislation but the basic question on funding for abortion hasn't been answered yet," he said.
Nelson's is also concerned about the level of new spending in the bill, particularly the financial burden it could place on state Medicaid budgets, as well as the taxes included to finance it. The spending provisions could create an "underfunded federal mandate for the state of Nebraska," Nelson said.
"If you're going to extend coverage then obviously there has to be a way to raise the money. The way in which money is raised is not acceptable," he said. "So if there isn't a way to raise the money in tight times, I think you have to look at a scaled-back version."
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