Dems closing in on Obamacare win 

As Democratic leaders continue to successfully twist the arms of the undecided in their caucus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared Friday that the House is "one day closer" to passing health care reform legislation.

Pelosi picked up two more "yes" votes, flipping Rep. John Boccieri from a "no" and picking up the formerly undecided Charlie Wilson. Both Wilson and Boccieri are Ohio Democrats. Boccieri had earlier been opposed to the bill out of concern for its high cost.

The bill also earned the approval of the AARP, which declared that the bill "cracks down on insurance company abuses and protects and strengthens guaranteed benefits in Medicare."

Pelosi stopped short of declaring she has the 216 votes needed to pass the bill, but she hinted that Sunday's scheduled vote on the measure may not be as close as people had been predicting.

"When we bring this to the floor, we will have a significant victory for the American people," she told reporters Friday.

Pelosi also acknowledged that the current bill posted online will not necessarily be the final product, saying Democrats plan to make some changes via a special manager's amendment, but she said any alteration would be minor.

Republicans, meanwhile, continued their argument that voters don't like the bill and any lawmaker who supports it risks being voted out of office.

"Democratic leaders are trying to assure their colleagues that if this bill passes, it will become more popular," Boehner said Friday. "Well, I think they are dead wrong."

Boehner promised that the GOP would remind voters about "every kickback, every payoff and every sweetheart deal that comes out."

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