Bill Nelson says House health care bill leans 'to the left'
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson offered up some of his thoughts on health care reform during a stop at a Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce luncheon today. Nelson said he expects the Senate to ultimately pass a bill with well more than the 60 votes required to get it through, but it will be much different than the bill approved by the House over the weekend.
"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."
Nelson said he has received more than 75,000 letters, e-mails and phone calls on health care reform since the summer. One of his own top priorities is controlling the cost of Medicare, in part by having primary care physicians coordinating care of individuals with the help of electronic medical records.