Last Minute Deals on Health Care Vote Dramatically Change Policies

by Benjamin Domenech on 10:50 am November 11, 2009

“Before they went to the floor, Democratic leaders had lined up 219 votes — a bare majority plus one, so that no lawmaker could be accused in a campaign commercial of casting the deciding vote.” They ended up getting 220; Rep. Betsy Markey “was able to vote ‘no’ without risking the outcome of the legislation.”

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