March 17th, 2010
04:36 PM ET
13 years ago

Health care head count: Opponents back to 11 votes shy


Washington (CNN) - An ongoing CNN survey reveals that 27 Democrats plan to vote against the Senate health care bill as currently written.

Both Democrats and Republicans are racing to the magic number of 216. If supporters of the bill secure 216 'yes' votes, the bill passes; conversely, if opponents secure 216 'no' votes, the bill fails.

If all 178 Republican members vote against the bill as expected, opponents are once again 11 votes short of the 216 needed to kill the bill.

Earlier Wednesday, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinch of Ohio announced that he will vote in favor of the Senate bill, despite previous statements that he was firmly opposed to the bill. His change in position was offset by other updates confirmed Wednesday by CNN:

– Dennis Kucinich, OH-10, goes from "no" to "yes"

– Mike Doyle, PA-14, moves from "Undecided" to "Yes"

– Steve Dreihaus, OH-01, moves from "undecided" to "No unless modified"

– Ike Skelton, MO-04, moves from "Undecided" to "No"

– Dale Kildee, MI-05, moves from "Has not responded" to "Yes"

-CNN's Dana Bash, Lisa Desjardins, Evan Glass, Alan Silverleib, Deirdre Walsh and Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    I have to agree with Claudia, President Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest Presidents ever, not like Bush who will go down as the worst and stupidest President ever and that is the best the Repugliban can come up with, what a bunch of immoral losers the Repugliban are. Next they will expect us to belueve Sarah Make Up with No Brains has a brain, can you imagine the imagination it will take to believe that one?!?!?!

    March 17, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Ron Wisconsin Dells WI

    Healthcare for humanity .Will make this country great again.Its time for true change.Then we can work on cleaning up goverment and making it work for the people and not the big money holders.No more fat king verses little dog.President Robin Hood will prevail!

    March 17, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. Pass the bill

    Enough with the rhetoric. Dems, pass the bill. The voters will judge in November - and I don't think the GOPs should count their chickens just yet. Oh wait, no, I want them to be overconfident - please GOPs, keep on gloating before you've won anything, we love it!!

    March 17, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Pragmatic

    The same old arguments are being trotted out again ... the same was said when Blacks were "allowed" to vote .... the end of the world was predicted when women were "given" the vote: Social Security? Medicare? ... same tired old rhetoric ...

    The bill will pass – it may get tweaked as needed – and by election time, all the drama will have passed. The new system will be working and the benefits obvious. There are many people who don't have health care but still have the vote.

    March 17, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Independant Thinker

    For all those who are against this bill because "it will provide tax dollars to kill babies"....

    Are you Pro life? Are you REALLY?

    Your tax dollars go for:
    * Federal Prison executions
    * Unmanned drone attacks in Afganistan that are killing children
    * Federal Highway's where 35,000 people are killed every year
    * military efforts around the world that get our soldiers killed

    Yeah, all you pro-lifers are full of it!

    March 17, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Susie

    I'd really like to see one article that promotes the positive numbers of Congress who SUPPORT this bill, instead of always, "opponents only need 12 more votes to ruin health care."

    And Mike, just what kind of health care reform are Republicans for? The only thing that will truly cover everyone and bring costs down is single payer, and Republicans have decided to call that "socialism" because then people like you will be afraid of it. What in the heck do you think Medicare is? A single payer system. If we can get everyone into it, it does indeed bring down costs and improve care. But since Repubs really want nothing except for Obama to fail, they cannot even support what they say they support. You all sound like Palin-great talking points but no logic.

    March 17, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. D.

    Kucinch is in, so blue dogs, it is time to define yourselves as such!

    March 17, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Token President

    Why do you idealistic idiots seem to think that if this passes fewer people will die. Newsflash...EVERYONE DIES....That is a 100% fact of nature. The same amount of people will be at risk, it just may be different people. And after about 10 – 15 years of this (providing it passes and doesn't get butchered along the way) it will go up when the gov't realizes it cannot manage the demand. This is where 'rationing' comes in. If this passes, the government will control your life decisions and care strategies will be determined, not by a personal physician, but by a set of regulations and standards. Plus, we'll all be paying out our rear ends for the taxes it takes to facilitate this horrible, horrible idea.

    March 17, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. Right Leaning Independent

    Spare us the drama Libs! You know you are going to vote for this plan because you represent the folks that are always looking for their next hand out. Health care is next in line! I just look forward to the day when all these middle class folks find themselves being taxed along with the rich to pay for this "free" health care... We know that the country needs reform – just not this type..

    March 17, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Jenn, Philadelphia

    There is no better argument against this bill than the fact that Nancy Pelosi is considering the "deemed passed" option. If the members of Congress are too afraid to take a public stand on the bill, either way, then they don't deserve to be in office. President Obama says "ignore the process". No, we won't, not when you campaigned on making the process more open. You can't vote "present" on this.

    March 17, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Bob in Pa

    How on earth do they have that much support ?
    Bribery is such a strong force in the Congress..
    To Ms. Pelosi I say; "We need government reform, starting with TERM LIMITS."

    March 17, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. R.B.

    It's a shame how health care has been politicized. And how easily people are traicked by lobbyists into opposing something this country badly needs: health care reform. I also question why the Tea Party Movement is composed of white middle-aged or senior aged blue collar workers?? Where is the rest of America on this issue?

    March 17, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    Liberal Dems are commiting political suicide! Good riddance too!!

    March 17, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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