While Dennis Kucinich coming out in support of the bill was a big lift in favor of health reform passage, other news paints a less than rosy picture for those supporting passage.
1. CBO score still not out, deadline tonight.
In order to pass the bill by the Easter recess, and avoid any further delays that could sink the bill, the Senate needs to take up the bill next week.
In order for the Senate to take up the reconciliation bill next week, President Obama has to sign the Senate bill into law before he leaves the country for a five day trip on Sunday.
In order for President Obama to sign the bill into law before he leaves the country, the House needs to pass the bill by Saturday night.
And, in order for the House to pass the bill by Saturday night, the CBO needs to release its score of the bill tonight, 72 hours before the House votes.
However, its Wednesday, and there is still no score. While one is expected tonight, the holdup is a pretty serious one. As Jonathan Cohn explains, the reconciliation bill might not reduce the deficit during the second decade after its enactment, which is required in order to pass the bill through reconciliation.
Hard to imagine that this is something which can be fixed in a single day, and without a public option.
2. Two "lean yes" votes move to undecided
Reps Marcy Kaptur and Jason Altmire had been in the "lean yes" category of David Dayen's whip count. They don't sound like "lean yes" votes today, though.
Kaptur is sounding Stupacky:
Kaptur said she's spoken to Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI), another pro-life Dem who's signed off on the Senate's abortion language, but didn't find his reasons persuasive.
Altmire goes on Fox to echo Republican complaints about process:
Sounding more like a no than he was last week. On March 16, Altmire told Fox Business Network that he has major problem with Democrats' apparent "deem and pass" strategy, calling it "wrong."
Yeesh. Maybe its time to take these two out of lean yes, and put them into undecided. Doing so would make the vote count YES 206--208 NO.
Still have a ways to go before reaching the finish line. Not all the news today is good news.