Lynch Still ‘Firmly A No’ After Meeting With Obama

March 19, 2010 5:05 a.m.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) says he is still “firmly a ‘no’ vote” after meeting one-on-one with President Obama yesterday afternoon.

The Boston Herald reports that Lynch, emerging from the 40-minute meeting, was unswayed.“The president was courteous and generous with his time,” Lynch said. “The president asked me if there was anything he could do that I should tell him, and I told him, ‘I have been over this bill and I still wasn’t satisfied.’ ”

“I continue to be opposed to the bill,” he said.

Lynch, who voted for the bill in November, announced this week that he opposed the Senate bill, as well as the “deem and pass” process to pass it with reconciliation fixes in one vote. He said he was particularly opposed to the Cadillac plan tax, but also said the bill doesn’t go far enough.

“There’s one thing. If they put reform back in the health reform bill, that would change my position,” he told reporters yesterday.

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