In the past few days, nineteen House Democrats who previously voted yes on the health care reform bill have moved closer to voting no, according to the latest count by the Republican whip. Ten of those nineteen are at the receiving end of League of American Voters ads. The ads are working, so let’s keep it up.
On his website, Sean Hannity is publishing a whip count on the House votes on Obamacare, which he is drawing from Republican sources in the House and press reports. It may not be as accurate as Pelosi’s count, but it gives us an idea of what is going on.
The Hannity count shows fourteen House Democrats moving to positions more in favor of the bill and nineteen moving to become more opposed. Stupak’s pro-life Democrats aren’t included in this count, because they can’t be trusted to hold out against the bill and they’ll likely cave in at the end.
House members who voted no last year on Obamacare, who are now reportedly warming to the bill and are in danger of switching their votes to yes are listed below (an asterisk * denotes those who have moved even more decisively for the bill). In addition, Eric Massa of New York, who voted no, has resigned from the House, losing an additional vote against the bill.
Their possible defections are countered by the 19 members who voted yes last year who are reportedly moving closer to a vote against the bill.
In addition, Congressman John Murtha, who voted yes, has died and Louisiana Republican Joseph Cao, who cast the lone GOP vote for the bill, now indicates he will vote against it. Rep. Wexler of Florida has resigned and a replacement is not to be chosen until next month, costing the bill another vote.
So, 19 members have moved closer to voting no while 14 have moved closer to voting yes.
Of the nineteen who have moved closer to voting no, ten have been subjected of League of American Voters ads, which appear to be working: Arcuri, Dahlkemper, Gifford, Pomeroy, Carney, Kanjorski, Kirkpatrick, Mollohan, Rahill, and Space.
There is now an urgent need to advertise in the eleven districts where members who voted no are moving toward a yes vote. The vote will probably come at the end of next week, unless they don’t have the votes to pass it. By the whip count, you can see how close the vote is. We need to redouble our efforts!
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