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How Many "Deciding Votes" Can There Be On The Health Care Law?


A group called the 60 Plus Association is running an ad in Florida claiming Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was the "deciding vote" for the health care law.

It turns out that group is using TV ads to call the votes of senators from a number of states the "deciding vote" on the health care law.

That's what PolitiFact Florida found out when they checked out the Florida ad.

"In Ohio, the conservative political group says Sen. Sherrod Brown was 'the deciding vote.' In Michigan, a Republican committee says it was Sen. Debbie Stabenow.  But in Pennsylvania, the group said it was Sen. Bob Casey. And in Missouri, voters were told it was Claire McCaskill."     

 It turns out that every Democratic senator's vote was needed to pass the health care law.

So, technically, every yes vote was something of a 'deciding vote.' 

That's why PolitiFact Florida ruled the 60 Plus Association's claim about Nelson "mostly false."

 "If a football game was decided 45 to 49, the winning team needed every one of those touchdowns," said Gregory Koger, a professor of political science at the University of Miami who studies the Senate. "But you can't say every touchdown was the winning touchdown."        

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