Health Care: How Illinois Dems Are Expected to Vote

Gutierrez affirms "yes" vote, but five others undecided

Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 7:34 AM CDT
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The action on healthcare is back in the House today.

To pass the Senate version of the healthcare bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the democratic leadership are hunting for 216 votes -- but at least six Illinois Democrats haven't said they'll vote "yes" yet.

And lobbyists are spending millions to ensure they don't.

The entirety of Illinois' GOP legislators is expected to vote "no," leaving the six Democrats below to provide some crucial votes. Here's how it breaks down:

Jerry Costello -- Publicly opposes, but observers say he'll vote yes.
12th District
Has little to fear from GOP challenger, but apparently holding out for maximum possible concessions.

"I have stated that I will not vote for the Senate bill in its current form," Costello said to The Telegraph. "If that changes between now and the time we vote on it, then I will have to reconsider, but in its current form I will vote against it."

Luis Gutierrez -- Yes
4th District
Said March 18th he would vote for the bill because he received a renewed commitment to immigration reform from Barack Obama.

Daniel Lipinski -- Most Likely No
3rd District
Says healthcare money would be used to fund more abortions.

Melissa Bean -- Uncommitted
8th District
Conservative Democrat in a swing district. Voted for the House bill last year.

Debbie Halvorson -- Uncommitted
11th District
Favored to win her re-election race. Recently caught up a bit in Rangel scandal.

Bill Foster -- Uncommitted
14th District
Voted yes to House version last year, opposed Senate. Makes him a swing vote and a GOP target.

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