The final push for comprehensive health care reform is upon us, and it looks like the first big test of whether the president will succeed or flop is set to take place in the U.S. House of Representatives.
With that in mind, in this week's Stranger I look at what's likely to happen there, how our state's congressional delegation is likely to vote, and who's the wild card.
Expect the Washington State delegation to vote similarly to the way it did on November 7, 2009, when the House passed its proposal for health-care reform. That is, Seattle Democrat Jim McDermott voting yes, along with Jay Inslee (D-1), Norm Dicks (D-6), and Rick Larsen (D-2), while Doc Hastings (R-4) votes no along with fellow conservatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5) and Dave Reichert (R-8).
Ed Shelleby, spokesperson for McDermott, said at this point his boss just "wants to get something passed—knowing that it will not be perfect and that there's going to be a lot of fixing to do. And then he wants to be around for the next couple of years to work on alterations."
The wild card? Retiring representative Brian Baird (D-3), who voted no on the original bill before he decided not to seek reelection, and now has nothing to lose. "He is undecided," said spokesperson Brianne Adderley.
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