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Moderate Democrats feel the heat on health care bill
Sacramento Bee

As a historic vote on sweeping health care legislation nears, Democratic moderates in the House of Representatives face relentless pressure as they juggle personal pleas from President Barack Obama, a multimillion-dollar ad barrage and constituents who are fed up with the convoluted congressional process.

In the spotlight are 39 Democrats who voted against the House’s original health care measure Nov. 7. Democrats hold 253 of the House’s 431 currently filled seats, and 216 votes are needed for passage. The bill won’t pass unless some of those 39 switch their positions.