Reps. Gordon and Markey switch from no to yes on health-care bill
By Paul Kane
Reps. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) and Betsy Markey (D-Colo.) will now support the health-care legislation before the House, reversing the opposition that led them to vote against it on Nov. 7.
Gordon issued a statement to local media on his change of heart, and a senior aide confirmed Markey was in the process of doing the same.
That makes for a total of three no to yes vote switches. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was the first to flip to yes on Wednesday. Gordon is a retiring long-time centrist who has made deficit reduction a hallmark of his career; his announcement came immediately after congressional analysts estimated $1.4 trillion in deficit reduction over 20 years for the legislation.
Markey is a politically significant convert, being a freshman lawmaker from a swing suburban district outside Denver.
On a topsy-turvy day, these switches came amid an erosion of support from other lawmakers who had previously supported the health-care reform bill now before the House.
In addition to Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), who headed to an Oval Office meeting by announcing his likely opposition, Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-N.Y.), who is facing a tough reelection fight, has told Democratic leaders he plans to oppose the legislation despite his Nov. 7 vote for it, a senior aide said.
For a full list of how representatives have said they will vote -- and who remains undecided -- see The Post's comprehensive and continuously updated "Who's in play" graphic.
March 18, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
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