“I believe we have the votes and that we will get this bill done this week,” said Rep. John Larson, the Connecticut Democrat and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He offered no details to verify his claim, but an aide clarified that his intent was more of a prediction than an statement of current conditions.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, was similarly confident.
“When we bring the bill to the floor, we will have the votes,” she said at an afternoon press conference.
Meanwhile, the small group of rank-and-file House Democrats whose votes will decide the matter ran from reporters as they exited the House chamber following a vote late Monday.
The Daily Caller caught seven House Democrats on their way out of the chamber who voted against the health-care bill in November but have yet to commit which way they’ll vote this time and are considered likely to switch their vote – Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, Brian Baird of Washington, John Barrow of Georgia, Glenn Nye of Virginia, John Tanner of Tennessee, Allen Boyd of Florida and John Boccieri of Ohio.
All but Boyd and Boccieri refused to make any comment.
“No please, no please,” Barrow said in response to repeated questions about whether he will vote for or against the bill.
Mike Riggs Contributor