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Biden: Health Care Bill Will Benefit Democrats After It's Passed In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Vice President Biden predicted that the health care bill would become a political boon to Democrats, once it is actually passed and voters see its results. "They're going to see right off the bat the horrible [things] aren't real and there are some very good things that become apparent immediately," Biden said. "Once the American public realizes that ... [legislators are] going to be rewarded."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. Obama will meet at 10 a.m. ET with senior advisers. Obama will speak at an 11:35 a.m. ET rally for the health care bill, at George Mason University in Virginia. Obama and Biden will have lunch at 1 p.m. ET.

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Last Updated: 7:49 PM ET March 21

As the Democrats' push for health care reform enters the home stretch this weekend, we've got our eyes on a small number of key undecided Democrats. The fate of health care reform largely rests in their hands. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs 216 votes to pass the Senate's health care bill in the House -- and she doesn't have them yet.

Here's our rundown on the key votes that are still in play. We'll be updating the list as these Democrats declare their intentions.

As of 7:49 PM ET March 21:

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Rep. Stephen Lynch is expressing serious doubts about the health care legislation, but strangely saved his most stinging criticism of the bill for this afternoon, the same day he was going to meet with President Obama.

Obama has met with more than three dozen members this week, but is saving his in-person pitch for critical Democrats who are leaning toward "No" votes. Put Lynch (D-MA) in that category.

Earlier today, he told reporters the final version of the Democrats' health care legislation is a "complete surrender of all the things that people thought were important to health care reform."

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The Las Vegas news station adds more details about who has been contacted by investigators looking into the John Ensign sex-and-lobbying scandal.

Perhaps most significantly, it reports that "[e]xecutives at card companies eCommLink, Selling Source and Pay Card USA have been served by the grand jury."

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After taking heat for a "special deal" in the House's health care reconciliation bill that would benefit the Bank of North Dakota, House leadership will submit a manager's amendment to remove the deal.

The provision, seen as a deal for Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), would have allowed the Bank of North Dakota, a state bank, to continue receiving federal subsidies for student loans, even as the bill eliminated such subsidies for other banks. Student loan legislation is tied into the health care bill.

So Conrad had his staff call leadership and ask to get it removed.

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The past day and a half have gone pretty well for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Yesterday saw a number of in-play Democrats come out in support the final health care reform package, and netted her her first commitment from a member--Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)--who voted against the House health care bill in November. Today, the Congressional Budget Office gave the legislation a winning score, and she won more commitments, and her second and third converts from no-to-yes: Reps. Bart Gordon (D-TN) and Betsy Markey (D-CO).

But here's the rub: Pelosi still lacks the votes to pass it. Some former supporters of reform continue to say they'll vote against the current legislation. And though many members are coming around, very few of them are in the elusive pool from which Pelosi needs to draw: Members who voted against reform in round one.

And she's running out of easy pick-ups.

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Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO), a Blue Dog who voted against the health care bill in November, says she will vote for the new bill.

Markey told The Coloradoan today that she made the decision after seeing the Congressional Budget Office's cost estimates.

"Particularly in the out years there's significantly more deficit reduction and I have to say this is going to be the largest deficit reduction bill that I will ever vote for," Markey said.

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The House of Representatives today defeated not one, but two attempts by the Republicans to attack the deem-and-pass maneuver for passing the Senate health care bill through the House, as part of a reconciliation package.

Earlier today, the House rejected a resolution from Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL), who switched from the Democrats to the Republicans in December, to require a direct vote on the Senate bill itself instead of the deem-and-pass procedure. The margin of defeat was 222-203 -- which might be reasonably seen as a clue for further votes to come. (Late Update: Technically, this was a vote to go forward on a procedural motion by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), rather than interrupt business and hold a vote on Griffith's resolution, as Republicans were demanding.)

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