*With the clock ticking down to Sunday’s vote on the $940-billion healthcare package, President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) labored Friday to sustain their momentum in the face of continuing dissent in Democratic ranks over abortion and other issues, reports the LA Times.
The president and his allies picked up support Friday from several key uncommitted House Democrats, including at least three who voted against the House healthcare legislation last year.
And several Democrats facing tough reelection campaigns — including Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada — also announced they would continue to support the healthcare overhaul.
“A lot of people are telling me this decision could cost me my job,” Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio), a freshman from a Republican-leaning district who voted no in November, said outside the Capitol on Friday, surrounded by families of people who struggled to get medical care.
“There’s too many politicians who are worried about their future instead of the future of the families who are standing behind me,” Boccieri said.