President Obama has delayed his Asia trip by three days until March 21, which would give the House some extra time to pass the health care bill.
ABC’s Jake Tapper writes that the delay “speak(s) volumes about how the votes are not yet there for health care reform.”
House Whip Jim Clyburn predicts a vote within the next 10 days.
Bart Stupak tells Fox: “”I don’t see how they’re going to get the votes to pass healthcare, no matter what procedure they use, if they want to do it by March 18th.” He said that his abortion concerns were not resolved, and that he wouldn’t settle for a promise for the Senate to deal with the issue down the road.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he isn’t negotiating on abortion provisions in the bill.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus says on MSNBC that he “can’t support this bill” because of several provisions, such as one that bars illegal immigrants from puchasing health insurance on government exchanges with their own money. While Republicans were touting this as another “no” vote, NBC’s Mark Murray points to another part of the interview in which Gutierrez also said he would settle for a promise from Obama to take up a comprehensive immigration bill this year.
A new poll of New Jersey voters finds that “only 22 percent say Congress should pass the current reform proposals, while 68 percent want lawmakers to start over.” Perhaps the numbers will firm up the opposition of Rep. John Adler, a New Jersey Democrat who voted “no” the first time and is under pressure back home to do the same.
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