Critical Condition

Still No Holden

A Keystone State moderate drops off Obamacare, reports the Republican Herald:

About 30 Schuylkill County conservatives came to U.S. Rep. Tim Holden’s Pottsville office Wednesday night with a simple message about the health care reform debate.

“Vote ‘no’ again,” Bruce Johnson, organizer of the Schuylkill County Conservatives, said as he and others held signs saying, “We can’t afford government-run health care,” and, “Socialized health care will be a money pit,” outside Holden’s office at 101 N. Centre St.

Holden, D-17, voted against the health care reform bill last year. However, another vote will likely be held soon, as the House appears set to pass the Senate’s version of the bill.

Johnson and others believe Holden is likely having “his arm twisted” by Democratic leaders eager to turn his “no” vote to a “yes” vote the second time around.

However, in a telephone interview Wednesday night, Holden said his position will not change.

“I will not vote for the Senate bill,” Holden said. “It makes significant cuts to Medicare and Medicaid … and the restrictions on (federal funding for) abortion are not as strong.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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