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3/18/10

Betsy Markey gets a union "hug" on health care

U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, D-Colo., is in a precarious position if she wants to retain her seat in November, but the unions want her vote on health care reform, regardless.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdGjMUXqszA

The video is part of a $1.7 million pressure campaign, including the Service Employees International Union, that is targeting House Democrats undecided about walking the plank for Pres. Obama's health-care plan, which may be voted on by the House this weekend.

Markey, who in 2008 won the Fourth Congressional District seat that had been held by Republicans since 1973, voted no in November, saying, "This bill provides new coverage for millions of Americans, but it simply does not do enough to cut the health care costs that are crushing our businesses and families."

What's changed, if anything, in Markey's thinking since then? We'll find out soon enough.

UPDATE: Markey will vote for the bill, saying, "Particularly in the out years there's significantly more deficit reduction and I have to say this is going to be the largest deficit reduction bill that I will ever vote for," reported The Fort Collins Coloradoan.

UPDATE II: A shot across the bow from U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, to House members who voted no, and then vote yes...





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