The following 2 pieces, 1 by a liberal and 1 by MSM, show the importance of contacting your representative. Did it Monday or Tuesday? Do it again today. Call, fax, Twitter, and email.
From David Dayen at, a liberal, you’ll recall:

Dennis Kucinich’s reversal and decision to support the health care bill changes the dynamic around the vote, but the ultimate question of whether or not the bill will pass was always going to be decided by the right flank of the caucus.

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Adding in Kucinich’s support, and Ann Kirkpatrick’s, to the last whip count puts the number at 193 yes, 205 no, and 208-208 with leaners. That leaves Democrats needing 8 of the final 15 uncommitted votes to come through. The group includes 5 who voted no last time, and 10 who voted yes. So theoretically, if nobody flips to no, the Democrats have the votes. Here are the final 15…

Lincoln Davis, Jim Matheson, Harry Teague, Travis Childers, John Barrow, Zack Space, Chris Carney, Brad Ellsworth, Jerry Costello, Henry Cuellar, Nick Rahall, Solomon Ortiz, Earl Pomeroy, Bill Foster, Harry Mitchell.
That’s quite a conservative group, all on the right side of the caucus. I don’t think Kucinich’s announcement really sways any of them…. And as I’ve said repeatedly, it’s the Stupak bloc, or members from it who split off, who will ultimately be in the position to decide this thing….
As one House Democrat said this week, “We have no bill, we have no date, and we have no (CBO) score.” Until that gets resolved, there are still a lot of variables here. Kucinich’s announcement gives Democrats momentum, without question. But it’s not yet a done deal….

It should be noted Kucinich is the 1st no to switch to a yes. All other switches have been from yes to no.
Also, my insider friend Dougy sent a “must read” this morning, a Politico piece conveying the extreme pressure being placed on House Democrats to vote for Obamacare, up to an including a tweet by DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile encouraging primary contenders for no votes. Other takeaways…

Rep. Chet Edwards, a TX Democrat who remains a firm “no”… noted of the Obama organization, “It’s clear to me they could care less about my political future.”
With the fate of Obama’s top legislative goal in the balance, the president and his Cabinet are doing everything in their power to help Speaker Nancy Pelosi lock down the 216 votes she needs to get health care out of the House – and very likely onto his desk. But it will take plenty of work by both to get there.
When people come up to me, there is a decided anti-health-reform view,” [Jason] Altmire [D-PA] said, referring to the conversations he has with people at fairs, restaurants and church festivals in his Pittsburgh-area district. “The calls to my office have been pretty negative, and it’s gaining momentum every day. I’m giving everybody a chance to be heard, but if my district’s not on board with this, I’m not going to be able to vote for this.”
That doesn’t bode well for [the] White House – and speaker….
“I never stop whipping,” a beaming Pelosi told reporters Tuesday. “There’s no beginning, there’s no middle, and there’s no end…. We have a massive whip operation, and we’ll be ready.”
She later added, “I think we’ll be in pretty good shape.”
But her No. 2, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, said Democrats were still shy of getting the votes needed to pass reform. And another day passed without a Congressional Budget Office score or language on a reconciliation bill – raising the prospect that the vote might slip past the weekend and into next week.
That means folks like Altmire can expect to hear plenty from the speaker, the president and outside groups in the coming days. And for every person prodding lawmakers to vote yes, it’s easy to find someone else asking them to vote no.

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