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Nelson defends vote to advance health care reform

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Sen. Ben Nelson says the Senate's health care bill isn't perfect, but he voted to advance the proposal because something needed to be done to control costs.

The Nebraska Democrat issued a statement early Monday defending his vote to advance the bill. Nelson is already facing criticism from Republicans in his home state because of his support of his party's health care reform plan.

Nelson says too many people are struggling to pay for their health care, so doing nothing wasn't an option.

Nelson says he's glad the health care bill doesn't include a government-run health care plan, and it does include language to restrict taxpayer funding of abortions.

But abortion foes objected to the bill's language because it isn't as strong as current law.


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