Allen Boyd to Vote “Yes,” Altmire “No” on Health Care Bill: 197-209 (205-212 with Leaners)
This is the first major news of the day. Allen Boyd, a Blue Dog from the Florida panhandle, will vote for the health care bill.
U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, who voted against national health care last November, said today he will vote for the new bill when it comes to the House floor.
The Monticello Democrat said he studied the revised bill and the Congressional Budget Office report on its costs and benefits. He said “it’s not perfect” but that the package meets the four criteria he set forth in a series of 16 meetings across the 2nd Congressional District last summer.
The backstory here is that Boyd already faces a primary challenge from Al Lawson, a state Senator, and Lawson was hammering Boyd over this vote. He would have made it his entire campaign, and could have been successful.
Boyd is the first true undecided vote to flip in favor of the health care bill. That’s significant. It makes the count 197-208, and 205-211 with leaners. Democrats need more no to yes flips to evade the Stupak bloc and pass the bill without changes to the abortion language; how many is unclear. But getting Boyd is a pretty big victory for the leadership.
UPDATE: Here’s my best stab at analysis on this. If you add in all the Yes votes from last time who aren’t part of the Stupak bloc (including Carney, who probably is on the Stupak fence), you can get to 213. That would include: Carney, Foster, Kanjorski, Bean, Mollohan, Mitchell, Ortiz, Owe
And now more major news: Jason Altmire has confirmed that he will vote no on the health care bill.
Congressman Jason Altmire will vote against the latest version of health care reform when the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the bill this weekend.
Altmire confirmed that he has decided to vote no in a telephone conversation with KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano.
This is a blow to efforts by Democrats to avoid the Stupak problem. They’re going to have to peel off members of the Stupak bloc. Joseph Cao also called himself a “firm no” to CNN moments ago, but I already had him as a lean No. He’ll only vote for the bill if passage is assured, so he’s not a factor in whip counts.
Altmire is the 209th confirmed no vote on the bill, with three others leaning that way. That’s 212, with only 205 confirmed or leaning yes.
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