Democrats Seem Ready to Trade House Seats for Healthcare Reform-Democrats seem increasingly determined to go it alone on healthcare reform. But that means the House must find more ‘yes’ votes – even if it costs some representatives their seats.


With Monday’s resignation of Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) of Hawaii to run for governor, Democrats are down to a 76-seat majority to move a historic healthcare reform bill through the House.

On paper, it’s a formidable edge, especially with House rules that give strong powers to the majority. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi struggled to win passage of a House-drafted bill last November, winning by just two votes.

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