Ohio Democrats Have Key Role in Passage of Health Care Measure

Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich today became the first House Democrat to move from a “NO” to a “YES vote on the health care bill. He had opposed the measure, saying it did not go far enough to reform health care.

Kucinich has been lobbied hard in recent days by by those in favor of the House bill. President Obama also lobbied Kasich Monday on Air Force One as Obama carried his campaign for passage to the Cleveland area.

Ohio is well-represented in today’s New York Times list of 40 Democrats who might decide the fate of the health care bill. Four Ohio Dems are on the list including Representatives Zack Space of the 18th district in east central Ohio & Marcy Kaptur of the 9th district in northern Ohio. Also on the Times list of Democrats to watch on health care are 1st district Congressman Steve Driehouse from southwest Ohio and 16th district congressman John Boccieri from northeast Ohio.

House Democratic leaders are still short of the 216 votes they need. A vote could come as early as Friday.