November 6, 2009

NOT THAT VOTING AGAINST IT WILL SAVE THEIR SEATS:

Vulnerable Democratic freshman abandon the health care bill (Kathy Kiely, November 06, 2009 , USA Today)

Some of the most vulnerable Democrats in the House are starting to flake off the health care bill.

There are a dozen first-term Democrats representing districts that Republican presidential nominee John McCain won last year. So far, six have announced that they will vote against their party's health care bill.

Update, 5:43 p.m. ET: Now there are seven. The New York Daily News has just published a statement from hometown Rep. Michael McMahon, D-N.Y. He's in the no column. "I believe the net negatives of this bill outweight the positive effects," McMahon says.

Five of those announcements came today. All of the lawmakers who announced opposition cited concerns about the price tag of the legislation, estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to be more than $1 trillion over 10 years.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2009 6:52 PM
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