Lincoln not pleased with Nelson's deal

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) doesn't seem too happy with the perks Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) got in exchange for his vote on healthcare.

Lincoln sounded a sour note about Nelson's deal while speaking to a Kiwanis Club in Little Rock:

The Democratic senator from Arkansas said she was disappointed about a provision in the Senate's health care bill that will require the federal government to permanently pay the entire cost of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska, while only paying the costs of expansion in the other 49 states for three years.

Conservative Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson lent his crucial support to the bill only after winning the provision for his constituents.

"The people of Arkansas didn't send me to Washington to be a horse trader," Lincoln told reporters before speaking at a Kiwanis Club luncheon in downtown Little Rock.

Nevertheless, Lincoln indicated she would likely vote for cloture on the legislation when it comes back to the Senate for a final vote.

"We'll see what happens, whether it comes out or not. I think it's appropriate that it should," she said.