Dems Wavering on Repeal?

by Andrew Stiles

With a vote on Obamacare repeal — added as an amendment to an FAA funding bill — expected for late this afternoon, are some Democrats having second thoughts?

Most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in 2012 have so far refused to openly support repeal (see here and here), but at a pen-and-pad session with reporters today, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) wasn’t exactly brimming with confidence over his party’s ability to keep its caucus in line.

Schumer would only say that he expects “the overwhelming majority” of Democrats to oppose repeal. “Maybe it will be everybody, maybe it will be close,” Schumer said. “We haven’t whipped it.”

No one expects the repeal measure to get the 60 votes needed to pass, but if even one Democrat crosses the aisle it would be a significant win for Republicans.