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Friday, October 23, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Boswell is a swing vote on health care reform

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The House of Representatives will soon bring a health care reform bill
up for a floor vote. All three relevant committees have approved bills
containing a public health insurance option. ... When the House Energy
and Commerce Committee passed a watered-down bill to placate Blue Dog
Democrats, most people assumed that this compromise would be the
health care reform bill sent to the House floor. However, House
Progressives have been rounding up votes for the stronger public
option provisions, and yesterday Progressive Caucus co-chair Raul
Grijalva claimed to have 210 votes supporting or leaning toward
supporting the stronger bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't bring that
bill to the floor unless she is sure she has the 218 votes needed to
pass, however. As many as 19 House Democrats have not decided whether
they would support the "Medicare plus 5 percent" public option. Chris
Bowers published a pdf file listing 36 House Democrats who are either
undecided, "lean yes" or "lean no" on the stronger public option.
Representative Leonard Boswell (IA-03) is on that list.

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