Excerpt: "The weekend before the Dec. 8, 2009 session, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) held Senate sessions on Saturday and Sunday, seeking a deal... The central issue: Would the bill call for the government to create a public health insurance plan, the position supported by President Barack Obama? To counter Republican opposition, Democrats needed votes from Messrs. Lieberman and Nelson, who said they had major concerns with a robust government-insurance plan. As negotiations neared a resolution, JNK Securities and its hedge-fund clients met a half-dozen lawmakers in the U.S. Capitol. Among those who spoke to the hedge funds were Mr. Lieberman and Mr. Carper on Dec. 8, according to their offices."
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), left, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, 01/26/11. (photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)
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