Health Care

Reid Woos Democratic Holdouts

How goes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s efforts to convince holdout Senators Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, and Blanche Lincoln to vote to open debate on health-care reform? Reid appears to have secured Nelson’s and Landrieu’s support. In order to appease Landrieu, Reid included a provision in the bill that will give $100 million in federal Medicaid aid to any states that have suffered a natural disaster in the last seven years, which will serve Landrieu’s Louisiana nicely. Nelson, meanwhile, has said he will vote to allow debate on the bill to open. Senator Dick Durbin says that Reid knows how Lincoln will vote, but added, “you will have to ask Sen. Reid.”