November 7th, 2009
10:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Health care vote a race to the wire

As night fell on the Capitol Saturday, some key Democrats were still undecided about the House health care reform bill backed by their party's leadership.
As night fell on the Capitol Saturday, some key Democrats were still undecided about the House health care reform bill backed by their party's leadership.

Washington (CNN) - In the final hours before the House was set to vote on a sweeping health reform bill, indications were that the vote could come down to the wire.

House Democrats needed 218 votes to pass the health care bill. Without any Republican support, that meant Democrats can lose no more than 40 of their own members. And as the House appeared to near a vote late Saturday night, CNN confirmed at least 35 Democrats planned to vote no. Another dozen or so had not made public commitments or were undecided.

In other words, if no Republicans voted yes, Democrats could afford to lose only five more members of their 258-member caucus on the issue.

As late as 8:30 p.m. ET, some key Democrats were still undecided.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Charlie Brown

    It passed!!! Hooray!!!

    November 7, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  2. tonyt

    Hey GOP/Haters The Last Health Care Reform This Country Had Was In Mid-1960's, 30+ years ago! If The GOP Thinks This Is Just Paper, Then Truly They Can't SeeThe Forest For The Trees!

    This Is Not About Paper!

    November 8, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  3. D. Tree

    Finally Congress is getting something done. Now let's reform our energy future! It feels good having people in Congress who are actually DOING something, unlike the do-nothing Republicans who had power for 15 years and did nothing!

    November 8, 2009 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  4. Matt

    Why the rush? Because it is a horrible bill. If people read it, they'll know.

    Pelosi and Obama are crooks.

    November 8, 2009 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
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