Kaptur Will Support Health Care Bill

Posted March 21, 2010 at 10:20am

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) will vote for the health care overhaul set to hit the House floor sometime Sunday, she confirmed to a Toledo television station.

Kaptur was among about a half-dozen holdouts hunting for assurances that the package would forbid taxpayer funding of abortions. Her decision to get behind the measure suggests others in a group led by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) may get on board, delivering House Democrats a winning margin.

“We received assurances last night that we will work with the administration and with [Health and Human Services] Secretary [Kathleen] Sebelius and the president to assure that existing law is maintained and not to change it in any way but to make sure that it applies to this bill,” Kaptur told her local ABC affiliate in an interview.

Asked whether Democrats now have the votes to put the bill over the top, Kaptur said, “The Speaker is the only one who knows that, but I’m pretty confident at this point.”

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said the results of ongoing talks between Stupak and the White House wouldn’t be known until “late afternoon.”

Clyburn was also more cautious than his fellow House Democratic leaders who appeared on the Sunday shows, declining to declare victory and saying issues were still being worked out.

“We are not going to talk about that 216 number until such time as we get to the floor,” Clyburn said.