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Allen Boyd to vote yes on health care, Dems claim the big mo

Panhandle Democrat Allen Boyd -- who had voted against the health care bill in November -- says now he's a "yes" -- delivering a huge boost to Democrats garnering votes in anticipation of a Sunday vote.

"This bill is not perfect, but I believe it meets these four principles of responsible reform by providing the largest middle class tax credits for healthcare in our nation’s history and preserving a patient’s ability to choose their own doctor," Boyd said.

Republicans rapidly charged that it appeared Boyd had "decided to buckle under political pressure and vote according to his party bosses in Washington.

"Unfortunately, Boyd has decided to vote against his constituents this time, but he can be sure they will return the favor when they go to the polls this November," said Sara Sendek, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.