Democrats gained a very significant vote in favor of health care this morning, and it will come from Dennis Kucinich.
The Ohio Democrat held a press conference this morning to announce his support, even as he still believes a single-payer system is ideal.
"This is what I have tirelessly advocated. I carried the banner of national health care in two presidential campaigns," Kucinich said.
But the former presidential hopeful will vote "yes" on the health care plan supported by President Obama, he announced today: "If my vote is counted now, let it count for passage of this bill," Kucinich said.
This is a significant leap forward for Democrats. No one knows exactly what the final vote tally will be, and discrepancy has reigned over the past few days as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged last week that Democrats had needed votes, then House Majority Whip James Clyburn said over the weekend that Democrats didn't.
Media entities have kept their own whip tallies based on public indications of support or opposition, but there's no telling if public statements now will translate into concrete "yes" or "no" votes later. There are public whip tallies, and there are potential votes to be won or lost when the vote really happens.