March 16th, 2010
10:18 PM ET

Health care foes 11 votes shy of defeating bill

Five more House Democrats said Tuesday that they will vote against Senate health care legislation, which puts opponents of reform just 11 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority.

An ongoing CNN analysis shows that opposition in the House to the Senate health care plan has reached 205 members.

A total of 27 House Democrats, including nine who supported the House plan in November, have indicated that they would join a unified Republican caucus in opposing the Senate plan, which passed in that chamber December 24 with the minimum required 60 votes.

Nonetheless, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut said Monday after a meeting with rank-and-file Democrats that "the votes are there" to pass the health care bill.

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  1. Mitch

    Well let's see now. We have police protection, military protection, and fire protection. And yet for some neanderthal reason the "Right" doesn't want to share the wealth of riches known as good health protection with those who can not afford it. And we have the Republican party why?

    March 17, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rob from AZ

    As a Republican I am very concerned why the Republicans were unable to work with the Administration to craft a bipartisan bill that would have been better for sure. All we did was say the plan is bad and offered no real alternate solution. So now we have no say at all.
    Thanks for the representation!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lee

    How can the government continue to give, give, give money when we just don't have it?
    What happens to your own life when you spend, spend, spend – it's called bankruptcy!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. John Doe


    I went to college and earned a degree in engineering. I had no help from friends, parents or relatives. I worked my butt off to support myself and my wife until I completed college. Now I am reaping the benefits of what I have sown but only to give it away to the sorry bums who are lazy and don't know how to work. I don't think you get it...My wife and I put off on having kids until we both finished college. This was a sacrifice we decided to make (if you can't feed them then don't breed them). I am sick and tired of my money going to these socialist programs that are only draining our economy. I am sick and tired of seeing people who are irresponsible and have a litter of kids and expect handouts with no means what so ever of trying to work. This mentality of thinking that it’s owed to you or right to receive support is a bogus concept like receiving government subsidized housing. My only comment to those of you who want this medical handout – go to work.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |