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The health-care vote, by the numbers

By Paul Kane
The House has passed health-care reform, and despite the trials and tribulations along the way, Democrats actually had a slightly wider margin on this vote than on the first go-round on Nov. 7, when the vote was 220-215.

Here's how the 219-212 vote broke down:

• 219 Democrats voted for the legislation. That's the exact same number of Democrats who voted yes on Nov. 7, when the House first took up its version of the bill.

• All 178 Republicans voted no. Back in November, only 176 Republicans voted no. On Sunday, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.), who previously cast the lone GOP vote in either chamber for any version of the legislation, opposed the bill. The GOP also added to its no tally because, since the November vote, Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) switched parties to become a Republican. He initially voted against the bill as a Democrat in November.

• 34 Democrats voted no, a drop from the 39 who opposed the first vote.

• Three Democrats who voted yes on Nov. 7 are no longer in office, one having died and two others having retired since that vote. That left just 216 Democrats in office who voted yes Nov. 7.

• Eight Democrats switched from no to yes: Reps. Brian Baird (Wash.), John Boccieri (Ohio), Allen Boyd (Fla.), Bart Gordon (Tenn.), Suzanne Kosmas (Fla.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Betsy Markey (Colo.), and Scott Murphy (N.Y.).

• Of those switchers, four were freshman lawmakers facing likely tough re-elections: Boccieri, Kosmas, Markey and Murphy.

• Five Democrats switched from yes to no: Michael Arcuri (N.Y.), Marion Berry (Ark.), Daniel Lipinski (Ill.), Stephen Lynch (Mass.) and Zack Space (Ohio).

• Of those switchers, two -- Arcuri and Space -- are from the class of 2006, facing tough reelections.

• Had the other four Democrats who are no longer in office been here Sunday, and had they voted the same as on Nov. 7, the final tally would have been 222-213.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 21, 2010; 11:23 PM ET
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Five Democrats switched from yes to no: Michael Arcuri (N.Y.), Marion Berry (Ark.), Daniel Lipinski (Ill.), Stephen Lynch (Mass.) and Zack Space (Ohio).

Remember these names America. These are the enablers that allowed this to happen. They wanted this MEDUSA CARE to pass and switched their votes to take political cover of "voting against the bill" when they were certain that it was safe to do so.

They are the lowest of the low and must be remembered in November. We can only hope that their political careers are over. They are truly the scum of the earth.

Posted by: Duuuuh | March 22, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

It was so much fun watching these pathetic GOP lawmakers "warning" the Democrats how badly the passage of health care reform would hurt them at the polls in November. What can I tell you? They're beneath contempt.

Is this the perfect bill? Far from it. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. You've never heard of it either, huh? Don't be embarrassed if you haven't. It wasn't much of a law - a mere pittance, really. Nothing more that a dew scraps tossed out in order to appease the "American Negro" (in the parlance of that day and age). But its passage made the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (the one we remember) a little easier to get though seven years later.

We'll live to fight another day.

Tom Degan

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | March 22, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

For those who doubt that this is a Health CONTROL vs Health CARE bill, how is it that the bill calls for employment of 17,000 more IRS workers (to freely access and police our bank accounts) and NOT ONE MORE PHYSICIAN
OR NURSE...???????

THINK ABOUT IT ..................

Posted by: DiscerningCitizen
That's rather simple. The government employs the IRS and thus can hire workers for the IRS. Since the public option was something shot down by conservatives it would not make much sense to hire 17,000 doctors to work for the government now would it?

Posted by: 6thsense79 | March 22, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

For those who doubt that this is a Health CONTROL vs Health CARE bill, how is it that the bill calls for employment of 17,000 more IRS workers (to freely access and police our bank accounts) and NOT ONE MORE PHYSICIAN
OR NURSE...???????

THINK ABOUT IT ..................

Posted by: DiscerningCitizen | March 22, 2010 4:47 AM | Report abuse

The results of this health care decision will be horrible.

Posted by: servant119b | March 22, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

mharwick, this is coming from a Bush supporter who wanted the "Patriotic Act" to become big brother and commit wire-taps without warrants, the ability to check your medical files, library checkouts, book purchases, emails... shall I continue? Your ignorance is astounding. I am happy that the majority of people think that this has been enough and they're sick of the fear-mongering. Amazing. Also, the rule that people were so concerned about and dubbed the "Slaughter" rule or whatever fear-mongering term attempted was created and embraced by your side of the isle. Funny how when the shoe's on the other foot how foul it is. Last post I'm doing here, too bad I can't lead the sheeple to at least think. Good luck, at least you'll have your rage to keep you warm. Goodnight!

Posted by: sufferingwaffle | March 22, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

How the Democrats Got the Health Care Bill. Fraud, deceit, extortion, bribery and intimidation. The Oligarchy has won. Next our children's brains will belong to the Obama administration. From what they eat to having them worship Obama over their own parents. Watch as it happens before your very eyes. This is the Brave New World with Big Brother on television every day telling us what he is going to do for us, whether we like it or not.

Posted by: mharwick | March 22, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Another thing "suffering waffle", Are you Indian?? Ha Ha!! Nothing personal, just a funny name. i don't want Obama to fail, even though he already has...just suck it up and face it. You can say what you want. Politicians all suck eventually..I mean, really, with like 20MMM people, at least to please, come on?? Race does not matter...skills do not matter...TRUST MATTERS!!! And a lot of ignorant people that CAN vote...MATTER!!! So, you see it like you think somebody owes you something...nobody owes you crap. you want it, you go work for it. That is still what most of us do, anyway.

Posted by: koolucy35 | March 22, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

"RK", I was "suffering waffle"!!! LMAO!!!! Guh, you betta gett you stuff strait!!

Posted by: koolucy35 | March 22, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Um, excuse me, "RK"...are you black? Because you keep saying "YOU PEOPLE". I'm black too, and I don't appreciate you making a mockery out of "OUR PEOPLE". RACE DON'T MATTER HERE, HONEY!!!!

Posted by: koolucy35 | March 22, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

I think rk8409 should move to are corrupted. Get OUT!

Posted by: koolucy35 | March 22, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Rhonda, the republican'ts have NEVER pushed through a bill like oh, I'll just select one at random, the Patriot Act without disclosing it's contents and completely rewriting the entire bill and sneaking in a ton of special interest kick backs to the "good 'ol boys" and also providing the erosion of our civil liberties. Why would the government need access to my medial records??

Rk has it right. About the only thing you people are good for are creating in-fighting while trying to distract people from the truth while allowing the rich to continue to bleed the public dry. You guys had 2 presidential terms. You took a surplus and created a monster of a deficit. You accused people of being "un-American" and un-patriotic if you dared to question the regi, uh, err, administration. You alienated most other countries and had a president that took the most vacation time of any other president. Yeah, a fine job they did. You're right, it was time for a change and the people spoke, hence the takeover of congress and a man who actually looks presidential and doesn't lean on his podium at every speech he gives.

The only thing we can tell you is it's time to pitch in and help us and everyone who cares about this country straighten up. If you drag your feet and try to hinder progress and fight change every step of the way with no valid points or arguments, then in my opinion and many others YOU and the "protestors" are the ones being un-American.

Even though I didn't vote for Bush either time, I never wanted him to fail. That would mean our country would fail. Every time I hear one of the anti-Obama ilk say outright they hope he fails, they are publicly stating they would rather see their country fail than someone they didn't vote for succeed. That is pathetic. Having different opinions is a natural thing, but to be offensive and hope for one person and ultimately the change we desperately need to fail is dooming us.

Posted by: sufferingwaffle | March 22, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

I HATE the fact that the health care bill passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I PAY for my medical expenses, why shouldn't others??? For the "Government"??? What a JOKE YOU IDIOTS ARE!!! Who are you??? What gives you the right???? Why should make that decision for me???? IT is apalling!!! If I want to give money to strangers on the side of the road, that is MY choice!!!!! I USED to be proud to be an American...NOT ANYMORE!!!!! This inconcise, egotiscotal "Bill", will KILL soooooooooo many innocent people. And Hollywood...Go FFFFF YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!

Posted by: koolucy35 | March 22, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Its important to call a "spade a spade" when individuals such as Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are heard stating that this bill will reduce health care costs substantially and also provide coverage for those who currently aren't covered....Does she honestly believe Americans are this gullible? Lies, lies and more lies....

Posted by: Rhonda5 | March 22, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Finally democrats had courage to fulfill their promise. If you look back since 1900's, only democrats have taken courage to change this country. Look at Social security, Medicare, Civil liberties, Empowering working class reforms, and Sending man to the moon … all of them were started/done by democratic administrations and congress. Now they showed same courage again and told that they care for people by passing senate bill and reconciliation bill on health care .
I am convinced democratic representatives and senators needed ability and courage to fulfill what they have promised. Republicans have mastered courage part. Republicans can bend the truth; distort it to their advantage while dems can only show their helplessness. They needed ability and courage.

Posted by: rk8409 | March 22, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

For the two-bit politicians who decided to vote for this health care bill in tonight they should start preparing for a takeover of their seats in the house by the majority of Americans who oppose it....Its time to vote legislators in office who actually live by Abe Lincoln's words of representing their constituents...."...of the people, by the people, for the people...These legislators are the most corrupt, egocentric, self centered, imcompetent leaders our country has had to contend with and its time to sweep house....Time to vote these politicians out in 2010....The majority of Democrats have allowed this administration to pressure them into voting for this hideous bill that they don't even know what is written in it....That isn't democracy its called anarchy....

Posted by: Rhonda5 | March 22, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

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