Health care His-Panic, part II: Pelosi loses another "yes" vote 

Whether or not he is serious and will hold firm to his position, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., has thrown the health care ball back up into the air. Gutierrez said yesterday on MSNBC that his concerns over immigration provisions "are enough to say I can't support this bill." Gutierrez voted "yes" in November when the House considered its now-defunct version of the health care bill.

Statements like this, from such liberals as Reps. Mike Capuano, D-Mass., Mike Arcuri, D-N.Y., and Gutierrez may just be bluffs, and should not be taken as definitive. They may still roll under pressure. But given that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., probably has to convince a dozen or so "no" votes to switch to "yes," it isn't helpful to have a handful of "yes" votes turning "no."

"They are enough to say I can't support this bill," Gutierrez said during an appearance on MSNBC.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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