Health Care Overhaul Progress

Senate health care holdout signals progress

The Associated Press
Supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul demonstrate outside the offices of Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The moderate Senate Democrat who's the lone holdout blocking passage of health care legislation in the Senate is indicating progress in talks aimed at winning his vote.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson spoke with reporters late Friday after emerging from a closed-door meeting in the Capitol with White House officials and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid is pushing to finalize the health care bill before Christmas.

Nelson has been seeking stricter abortion language and said new concepts he's been offered may accomplish the goal of barring federal funding for abortion.

He also reported progress on addressing his concerns over the costs to Nebraska of an expansion of Medicaid. The talks were expected to continue Friday night and Saturday morning.

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