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Jim Matheson to Vote No on Health Care – 204 Yes, 207 No

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Another setback for Democratic leaders: Jim Matheson (D-UT) will vote no.

Matheson, a conservative Democrat and leader of the Blue Dog caucus, said he is convinced the massive $940 billion bill would “leave our nation worse off.”

“I am saddened that the year-long debate on health reform has resulted in legislation that is too expensive, contains too many special deals, does not contain health care costs and will result in increases in health insurance premiums and therefore I will vote against the legislation,” he said.

So much for Matheson being bribed by his brother being given a federal judgeship.

That makes it 207 No votes and 204 Yes votes. Ten are still undecided, and ten are potentially part of the Stupak bloc.

The numbers:

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