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."