Whip Count (No. 9 in a Series) — Two No’s Still NOT Switching

Mar 7, 2010 6:19pm

ABC News' Vija Udenans reports: On "FOX News Sunday", two House Democrats who had voted “no” on the heath care reform bill in November told Chris Wallace they were not yet ready to switch their votes to “yes” on the Senate bill and added fixes. President Obama needs their votes to finalize the health care reform bill.

 

Rep John Adler, D-N.J., says the House bill fails to address cost containment.

 

“If the House and the Senate can’t work out cost containment. I don’t see how I could support a bill that doesn’t help out business community and create more jobs," said Adler.

 

Adler insists he wants to read the bill before making up his mind. He is worried insurance will “go up 20 percent a year as they have for the last several years.”

 

Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Penn., a second-term congressman from Pennsylvania wants to see “the CBO score on the finished package and the revisions”. He maintains he has an “open mind” and he is “considering the bill”.  He admits, “I have to make a decision between passing this bill — this is the finish line — or doing nothing.  And I'm weighing the balance between the two.”   

 

When pressed by Chris Wallace if he trusted the Senate to pass the reconciliation bill, Rep Altmire said, “The Senate has given us a lot of reason not to trust them. Certainly that’s a key component of the dynamic of getting the votes is there has to be some certainty that the Senate is going to follow through on their part.”

 

Senator Gregg, R-N.H., shed light on House Democrats concern last week in comments to The Hill.

 

"If you're in the House and you're saying, 'Well, I'm going to vote for this because I'm going to get a reconciliation bill,' I would think twice about that," Gregg said. "First because, procedurally, it's going to be hard to put a reconciliation bill through the Senate. Second because I'm not sure there's going to be a lot of energy to do it, from the president or his people." 

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