House Dems Predict Passage of Health Care Bill, GOP Says Not So Fast
With House Democratic leaders confident they have the 216 votes needed to pass a historic vote Sunday on sweeping health care reform, Republicans were focused on the 20 Democrats who were still uncommitted late Saturday and could derail the legislation.
in Washington, Saturday, March 20, 2010. (AP)
WASHINGTON – The House entered the final throes of debate regarding rules for a vote on a massive health insurance overhaul, with House Democratic leaders walking outdoors in lockstep Sunday to convey their confidence in gaining the 216 votes needed to pass the bill.
As debate began, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called the bill the “mother of all unfunded mandates.” Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, said it was time to stop talking about procedure and begin delivering health care to those who are currently without it.
About 20 Democrats who were still uncommitted late Saturday began to see their numbers fall Sunday when Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash., became the latest Democrat to switch to a “yes” vote.
Yet House Republican leader John Boehner said Democrats have yet to lock in enough votes. The Ohio Republican told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the plan is a government takeover opposed by the vast majority of Americans.