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Friday, March 19, 2010

Democrat Rep. Jason Altmire Flips from "Yes" to "No" on Health Care; WHIP COUNT 205-212

Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Jason Altmire has announced that he will vote "No" on the Health Care Bill. From his website:

"It has become clear that the vast majority of my constituents want me to oppose this bill. Particularly hard hit would be western Pennsylvania’s Medicare beneficiaries, which many experts believe would experience dramatic premium increases with enactment of this bill.

"I am acutely aware that my decision to vote against the health care bill will disappoint some of my constituents and alienate supporters of the bill. The politically easy vote would have been to vote with my party. But I was not sent to Congress to take the easy way out or to vote the way they want me to vote in Washington. I was elected to represent my district and give western Pennsylvania a voice in Congress.

I strongly believe that a vote in opposition to the health care bill is consistent with the views of the district I represent, and is the correct vote based on the impact of the bill on my constituents and the overall health care system." . . . MORE

Altmire is flip from "Yes" to "No." He voted for the House Bill last year. According to lefty David Dayen at Firedoglake.com, this leaves the current "Whip Count" at 205 "Yes" to 212 "No" with "Leaners" included.


Anonymous,  March 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

D rep Jason Altmire,
We need more congressional representatives that truly listen to those who voted them in and vote according to what they say over what the party states....If you look unto George Washingtons farewell address you will note that he discourage loyalty to a party and that those who take office be there for those they represent may many more be liken to this way of thinking....Those who refuse to listen to the voters will be removed from office for those who do no matter the party.

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