Health-care repeal not popular among House Democrats
Over the weekend, Rep. Fred Upton, the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, predicted that so many Democrats would join in the effort to repeal the health-care reform bill that the House might get near the two-thirds that could overturn a veto (this is presumably after Republicans take the Senate in 2012). That'd mean about 50 Democratic defections.
Today, the House voted on the rule governing health-care repeal, and rule votes tend to be pretty good predictors of real votes. So how many Democrats crossed the aisle? Four. That's substantially fewer than the 13 who voted against the legislation in the first place, and it suggests that the Democratic Party might be coalescing around the fight against repealing health-care reform in a way that eluded it during the fight to pass health-care reform. Jon Cohn has more thoughts on that possibility here.
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