Party leaders are closing in on the 216 votes they will need Sunday and appeared to pick up more support from conservative Democrats Thursday, thanks to the CBO cost estimates.
Reps. Betsy Markey, D-Colo., and Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., announced they would back the bill. Both voted against the more costly House health care legislation last year.
Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind., who has expressed skepticism about the health care legislation, said Thursday he was moving closer to supporting the bill. "I'm pretty happy about the numbers," Hill said.
And fellow Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who has been concerned that the Senate bill places too few restrictions on federal funding for abortion, said, "It's not a perfect bill, but there are great things in the bill," he said.The best analysis of the motivation and strategy behind the vote, as you might as expect, is by Nate Silver.