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Health Care Whip Watch: Donnelly Becomes a 'No,' Marshall Stays a 'No'

12:32 PM, Mar 10, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Rep. Joe Donnelly, in an interview with his home paper, says he'd rather take the health-care bill piece by piece, and confirms he is a Stupak Democrat:

Donnelly likes a lot about the bill, but its language on abortion is a "fatal flaw." For him, it is a deal breaker. "I would not vote for it," he said. He figures there will be a vote within a month or so. The abortion language is unpopular with "a significant" number of congressmen. It has the potential to kill the bill, he said.

Donnelly was formerly a "yes" on health care.

Rep. Jim Marshall of Georgia was thought to be one of Pelosi's suicide Dems—one of the 39 "no" votes she could possibly turn into 'yes' despite the political peril— but he will stay a "no," reports Greg Sargent:

“Marshall is a no,” Marshall spokesperson Doug Moore tells our reporter, Ryan Derousseau.

Marshall is one of 39 Dems who voted No last time that reform proponents were hoping to flip to Yes, in order to make up ground and get to 216 votes. The confirmation that Marshall will vote No reduces that pool a bit.

Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah, whose brother got a judicial appointment last week on the same day Matheson met with the president about possibly backing the health-care bill, remains undecided.

Jim Geraghty notes a new poll that shows why switching to a "yes" on health care is termed a suicide vote. This thing's "popularity ranks somewhere between Tiger Woods and Toyota accelerator pedals" in swing districts.

The numbers show ominous news for House Democrats Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, Betsy Markey of Colorado, Baron Hill of Indiana, John Adler of New Jersey, Steve Driehaus and John Boccieri of Ohio, Dina Titus of Nevada, Mike McMahon of New York, and Jason Altmire and Chris Carney of Pennsylvania.

The highest level of support for the bill is 40 percent, in Titus and McMahon’s districts; even there, opposition runs 52 percent and 46 percent, respectively. The lowest level of support is in Carney’s district, at 28 percent.

Opposition is pretty strong across the board, lowest at 46 percent in McMahon’s district, highest in Markey’s and Carney’s districts at 58 percent.

Voters in every district said the vote would be “very” important to their decision this November, ranging from 63 percent in Giffords’s district to 81 percent in Altmire’s district.

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