Abortion vote today could decide fate of heath plan


Susan Ferrechio
Washington Examiner
December 7, 2009

[efoods]A pep talk by President Obama wasn’t enough to give Senate Democrats the votes they needed to pass a massive health care overhaul, but a Monday vote on abortion funding could determine whether the legislation survives.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the chamber would take up an amendment by Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., that would strictly prohibit taxpayer money from being spent on abortion.

“I want to get it out of the way,” Reid said. “I think we all do.”

But the amendment could ultimately stand in the way of the bill’s final passage, no matter what the outcome of the Monday vote.

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