How tough is it to be Nancy Pelosi? Beside having to endure the face left procedures first documented here (see post below) now one of her trusted lieutenants has come forward as a NO vote.
(pardon me - muawwww hahahahahaha).
Read the Boston Globe article here. Articles like this strengthen by cautious optimism that this bill will be defeated. And, at least based upon this interview, I could almost like the guy.
Even one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s floor whips, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, says a proposed parliamentary move to pass health-care reform would be “disingenuous” and harm the credibility of Congress.
In a sign of how tough it’s been for Pelosi to round up votes for the massive bill, Lynch - a South Boston Democrat who supported a House reform package last year - said he’ll probably vote against a key Senate version of the legislation, unless unexpected major changes are made soon.
Lynch, who serves as one of Pelosi’s key vote counters, said he also can’t support a proposed “deem and pass” procedure that would allow Democrats to vote to strip out controversial portions of the Senate bill and then “deem” that the entire package has passed without a second, direct vote.
“It’s disingenuous,” said Lynch, who considers unfair a Senate provision to tack a surcharge on higher-end health plans. “It would really call into question the credibility of the House.”
UPDATE: As reported here, a Democratic member of the rules committee, Michael Arculi, has changed his vote from YES to NO due to re-election pressure. Makes a heart feel good!