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Politics / CONGRESS

Hotline Whip Count: Dems On Health Care Repeal

January 19, 2011

When House Republicans bring their legislation that would repeal Pres. Obama's health care reform to a vote Wednesday, they will be putting several Democrats in a bind.

The vote is expected to breakdown along partisan lines, as only a trio of Democrats have said they will join Republicans and vote for repeal. And it appears highly unlikely that any Republicans will join the Democrats in opposition to the measure.

Politically, the vote could spell trouble for Democrats who narrowly won their re-election bids last year and who represent conservative districts -- such as Reps. Heath Shuler (N.C.), John Barrow (Ga.), Ben Chandler (Ky.) and Jim Matheson (Utah), who has been mentioned as a potential 2012 Senate contender.

The vote may be particularly risky politically for Democrats who may see their district become more conservative after redistricting in the next two years. That is certainly the case for Barrow, Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.), Shuler and fellow North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell (D).

Here is a breakdown of how the 13 Democrats who opposed health care reform last Congress and who survived re-election last year have said they will vote on the Republicans' repeal legislation.

They are:

Jason Altmire (Pa.)
Dan Boren (Okla.)
John Barrow (Ga.)
Ben Chandler (Ky.)
Tim Holden (Pa.)
Larry Kissell (N.C.)
Dan Lipinski (Ill.)
Stephen Lynch (Mass.)
Jim Matheson (Utah)
Mike McIntyre (N.C.)
Collin Peterson (Minn.)
Mike Ross (Ark.)
Heath Shuler (N.C.)

Most of these Democrats are saying they won't back the Republican repeal effort. Lynch's spokeswoman said he "does not support the Republican effort to go back to the old broken system." Shuler went a step farther, calling repealing health care reform "immoral" in statement.

Three Democrats -- McIntyre, Boren and Ross -- however, have indicated they will vote to repeal. And four Democrats voted earlier this month to allow the repeal legislation to be brought to the House floor: Boren, Kissell, McIntyre and Ross.

Below is a complete breakdown of how these 13 members have said they plan to vote. .

Against Repeal: 8

Jason Altmire
Tim Holden (National Journal reporting)
Daniel Lipinski
Stephen Lynch (statement)
Larry Kissell
Jim Matheson (National Journal reporting)
Collin Peterson
Heath Shuler (statement)

For Repeal: 3

Dan Boren
Mike McIntyre
Mike Ross

Meghan McCarthy contributed reporting.

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