Friday, March 19, 2010

Boccieri and DeFazio make offsetting flip announcements on Obamacare

Moments after Ohio Rep. John Boccieri announced his flip from no to yes on the Senate health care bill, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore, switched his yes to a no.  From Fox News (h/t
Boccieri, a freshman lawmaker who opposed the House version of the bill last November, announced his decision at a Capitol Hill news conference on Friday. He was one of four Democrats to switch from no to yes in the past few days as Obama and Democratic leaders try to corral enough votes for the legislation. A vote is expected on Sunday.

DeFazio, who voted for the bill last year, complicated things for Democratic leaders. But he indicated he could still change his mind again.

"I'm a no unless they fix this," he said, referring to what he sees as insufficient Medicare spending in rural areas.
Fasten your seatbelts, folks.  It's going to be a roller coaster of a weekend.

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