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Healthcare reform: Do House Democrats have the votes to pass it?

For House Democrats to win passage of healthcare reform, 216 lawmakers must vote 'yea.' The vote could come as early as this week.

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The healthcare reform vote could come as early as this week. House Democrats will need 216 votes for it to pass.

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Both Democrats and Republicans are digging in for a week that may – or may not – produce a vote in the US House on healthcare reform.

For the House to approve the legislation, 216 lawmakers must vote “yea.”

“I think we will have the votes,” David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior adviser, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s a struggle, but I believe we’re moving in the right direction.”

But later during the CNN program, House Republican leader John Boehner said there was “bipartisan opposition” to efforts to pass healthcare reform. “I’m doing everything I can to prevent this bill from becoming law,” he said.

Democrats “don’t have the votes,” Representative Boehner also said – an assessment that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed, according to the Associated Press.

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