- The Washington Times - Friday, March 19, 2010

Rep. John Boccieri, Ohio Democrat, said Friday he will support legislation to reform health care, bringing House Democrat leaders one step closer to having the 216 votes Sunday.

Mr. Boccieri, a first-term congressman, said his desire to help Americans get affordable health insurance was more important than losing re-election.

“If I can save one child, one family … than this job is worth it,” he said at Capitol Hill press conference that included voters from his district talking about their struggling with such health issues such as autism and a heart attack while not having insurance.

The House is scheduled to vote Sunday on the Senate version of the health care bill, with Democrat leaders working furiously in the final hours trying to persuade roughly 30 undecided members to vote yes.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said a few minutes after Mr. Bocciere spoke that their party has the momentum. However, no Republican has publicly supported the legislation and it remain unclear whether Democrats will have the votes.

Mr. Boccieri’s vote follows House leaders Thursday releasing the detail of their negotiated health bill, which will cost $940 billion, under the trillion dollar threshold.

“If we can spend a trillion dollars on wars, then we can find the money to reform the health care system,” said Mr. Boccieri, who is from a Republican district in the swing state of Ohio.

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