Factbox: Lawmakers facing heat over healthcare

(BestGrowthStock) – With President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul now the law of the land, lawmakers from both parties have left Washington for a two-week spring recess, where they will face constituents for the first time since its passage.

Here are a few members of Congress who are considered vulnerable in November elections and could face pressure in their home districts over their vote on the bill.


The Nevada Democrat, who spent a year championing the healthcare bill and faces a tough fight for reelection to a fifth term, returned home in the midst of a conservative Tea Party activists rally aimed at drumming him out of office.

In Nevada, a firmly red state where Obama’s healthcare revamp has been unpopular, Reid has not scheduled any events to discuss the bill, although his staff says he’s not avoiding the topic and that it has come up in other forums.


Stupak led a coalition of anti-abortion Democrats who threatened to kill healthcare reform until party leaders agreed that Obama would issue an executive order that the bill would not alter current law preventing federal funding for abortion.

Back home in Michigan, Stupak, who is running for re-election in 2010, has come under fire for his change of heart. He has issued a statement calling Obama’s executive order an “ironclad commitment” but has not scheduled any events to discuss the bill.


The Republican who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential race voted against the healthcare initiative and, facing potentially the stiffest re-election challenge of his long career in the Senate, returned to Arizona, his vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin at his side, vowing to repeal it.


The first-term Ohio Democrat is considered vulnerable as he runs for reelection and may be hedging his bets on health care. On two occasions has said that “it was a choice of voting for a bad bill or making no change.”

And in a recent release Boccieri said: “The bill may not be perfect but it strikes the proper balance.”

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(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Mary Milliken)

Factbox: Lawmakers facing heat over healthcare