December 22, 2009
[efoods]Democrats call it compromise. Republicans call it bribery. But both sides agree that special deals are why the Senate is on track to pass a health care bill by Christmas.
It wasn’t clear whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had the support needed to move ahead with his chamber’s health care bill until Sen. Ben Nelson, the last Democratic holdout, had a change of heart this weekend.
He agreed to support the bill in return for compromise language on federal funding for abortion and more money for his home state of Nebraska.