TPM’s list of undecided House reps.

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Rep. Steven Lynch, one of the Democrats voting no, had a meeting with Obama.  He claims that Obama said he might push for the Public Option next year.  According to this poll, some of these tactics may be causing a backlash against Republicans.

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The latest and dirtiest in the GOP attempts to derail HCR.

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Assuming the bill is passed with reconciliation fixes, here is a list of social benefits which will take effect immediately upon passage.

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A deal with Stupak may be in the works, which is probably bad news.

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And Glen Greenwald argues that Rahm’s strategy of ignoring progressive demands because progressives would eventually fall into line has been vindicated, suggesting that this may become a windfall in political capital for Obama, but the final defeat of progressive Democrats.  Unless of course we get a public option next year.  But actually, if progressives ever want to be treated seriously, they’re going to have to kill something important to Obama.  It’s become an inevitability.

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This Republican is calling the HCR an extension of “the Great War of Yankee Aggression.”  There’s a winner of a soundbite!

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Addendum: There’s some indication that Republicans are starting to regret their strategy.  This is from David Frum, speechwriter for Bush.

It‘s critical for everybody, and not just the President.  It‘s critical for us on the Republican side, too.  If this thing passes, there is going to be an accountability moment on the Republican side.  We had a choice; do we negotiate and try to get some of our values in the bill?  Or do we go for total defeat of the President and bet everything on that? I was one of those who said negotiate.  That advice was rejected.  We went for total defeat of the President.  If he prevails, it is going to be a shutout of Republican views in one of the most important pieces of legislation ever passed in the United States.

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