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Dina Titus to vote ‘yes’ on health care reform

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Steve Marcus

Democratic Rep. Dina Titus, center, greets audience members after hosting a town-hall meeting on health care Oct. 19, 2009, at Temple Ner Tamid in Henderson. During the meeting, she was the target of some hostility, including calls of “liar.”

Dina Titus

Dina Titus

WASHINGTON -- Add Democratic Rep. Dina Titus to the yes column on health care reform.

With just days left before an expected Sunday vote on historic health care reform legislation, the Southern Nevada congresswoman announced today she will be voting to pass the bill -– a politically dicey move that will be sure to follow her on the campaign trail this fall.

Titus has been the subject of a fierce political campaign from groups on both sides of the issue trying to sway her opinion. Those opposed to health care have targeted her with radio and TV ads.

"While the legislation the House will vote on this weekend is not perfect, it makes critical reforms," Titus said.

"This bill will make real progress by preventing insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, closing the donut hole for prescription drugs and giving families and small businesses the largest health care tax break in history," Titus said. "Where flaws still exist, I will continue to push for additional reforms."

Titus noted the $1 million in "special-interest ads" that have barraged voters in her district. "I have always made my decisions based on what I believe is in the best interests of the people of District Three ... This time is no different."

Titus had voted for an earlier version of the bill in November, but had remained undecided on the latest bill, saying she needed time to review the final legislation and cost estimates.

Republicans who almost universally oppose the health care reform have pledged to make health care a top issue in their campaigns. Titus is the first Democrat to represent the politically split Southern Nevada district and is likely to face a difficult re-election this fall.

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