The Chatter: Wash. Post picks Chandler one to watch on health care vote

01/19/2011 08:34 AM

Kentucky Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles is among five members of the House to closely watch during today’s debate over repealing the health care law, according to the Washington Posts’ The Fix.

After Chandler won re-election in November by 648 votes over Republican Andy Barr, he already has become a target for Republicans in 2012. Chandler also is among conservative Democrats who voted against the health care bill last March.

Chandler argued that the measure didn’t do enough to address the underlying cost of health insurance and didn’t help rural hospitals.

Here’s what the Post writes about the upcoming vote:

Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.): Chandler also voted against the bill originally, surviving by the narrowest of margins in 2010. And he figures to be targeted again in 2012. Republicans have already jumped on his vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker, and a vote against repeal could throw fuel on the fire. Chandler said during his campaign that he was against full repeal of the health care bill, citing the more popular parts of it.


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