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.
It passed!!! Hooray!!!
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!
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!
Why the rush? Because it is a horrible bill. If people read it, they'll know.
Pelosi and Obama are crooks.