WHERE THINGS STAND…. We’re still several hours away from a final floor vote in the House on health care reform, but proponents have every reason to feel optimistic.
Here’s the latest….
* Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) of Indiana, a Stupak ally, announced he will vote for the bill, just as he did in November.
* The increasingly peculiar Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) of California, who didn’t show up at all yesterday, is back on the Hill, but still won’t say how she plans to vote. Sanchez, a Blue Dog, voted for reform in November.
* Ezra Klein doesn’t think Stupak got much in the way of a concession.
[T]he upside of the farce is that the deal they’ve reached isn’t particularly objectionable: Barack Obama will sign an executive order stating, essentially, that the law will follow the law.
Pro-choice Dems aren’t thrilled with how things turned out, but the executive order does not appear to put any “yes” votes in jeopardy.
* If reform passes tonight, President Obama will reportedly make a statement from the White House. That might be a very late speech — there are rumors that the final vote may occur between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.