From reporter Les Blumenthal in the Washington, D.C., bureau:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, says he going to support the health care bill the House is expected to vote on later today.
Baird, along with Democratic Rep. Adam Smith, D-Tacoma, were the two undecideds going into the weekend. Smith announced Saturday he too would support the measure.
In a news release sent out this morning, Baird there was “no doubt in my mind that our current system cannot be sustained and must be improved.”
Baird said he had read the entire House and Senate bills, the reconciliation measure, Congressional Budget Office analysis and reports from the Kaiser Foundation and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget before making his decision.
“This legislation before us in not perfect, but it does make substantial improvements on what exists today,” Baird said. “This does not mean all of the problems of improving health care, lowering costs, reducing the deficit and others are solved by this bill. Weighing the concerns against the benefits of the legislation and considering that the status quo is unsustainable, I will vote for this legislation.”