Nelson: There’s Support For New Medicare Option

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) is perhaps the Democrat most reluctant to sign on to major health care legislation. Cautioning that he and the rest of the group of 10 senators negotiating a public option compromise have plenty of work left to do, he says that the newest option–allowing some under 65 to buy insurance through Medicare–has some traction.

“This is not necessarily a final decision for all those 55-65, it would be one option,” Nelson told reporters. “You’re still faced with What do you do for the people below that?”

Nelson described it as, “just another idea being kicked around, that there probably is support for–the question is how much.”

A fairly positive sign, given the source. More developments are expected tomorrow.

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