Add Virginia Sen. Jim Webb to the list of Democrats still undecided about his chamber's healthcare bill.
In an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Monday, the senator suggested it was too early to tell whether the proposal -- still fielding considerable debate over a number of possible amendments -- will prove amenable enough to support.
That echoes a similar sentiment the senator shared during an interview last week.
“My view is that we have to increase competition, we have to increase access, and we have to bend the curve on cost. And those are the issues I’m looking at,” he told WTOP radio.
According to Webb's spokeswoman, the senator has long maintained he would wait until debate concluded before deciding whether to support Democrats' efforts.
"The senator is committed to debate the health care reform bill and has expressed his hope that the Senate can reach consensus on fair and effective health care legislation," Kimberly Hunter, his press secretary, told The Hill.
Webb did, however, assure Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) months earlier that he would at least vote with his caucus to begin debate -- a promise he ultimately kept.
The senator's spokesperson declined to say whether there was one pressing issue that would ultimately sway the senator's vote; she said Webb would weigh the proposal in its entirety. But the debate process so far has elicited one possible point of concern: Webb is unhappy with the bill's proposed changes to Medicare.
The Virginia Democrat was one of only two in his party -- the second being Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) -- to vote for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) amendment on Medicare cuts.
That proposal would have returned the entire healthcare bill to the Senate Finance Committee with instructions that its members strip it of all Medicare changes.