A newly hired conservative political analyst for CNN says the more Americans learn about the Democrats' healthcare legislation, the less they like it.
A vote could occur as early as Sunday in the House on the Democrats' healthcare bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) needs 216 votes to pass the measure. On Thursday, Republicans lost an effort to force House Democrats to hold a direct vote on the measure.
Erick Erickson is the editor of Redstate.com and a political contributor for CNN and its new program John King, USA, which debuts Monday night. He says the odds are in favor of Democrats passing the bill in the midst of widespread public opposition.
"I will guarantee you this, that one way or the other there will be a Resurrection Sunday this year -- but not for healthcare if it doesn't make it past Easter," he predicts.
Erickson believes Democrats who support the planned government takeover of healthcare are blinded by their liberal ideology. He says that many lawmakers go to Washington with a mindset that they have been elected to use their best judgment -- and that "the people back home" lack the facts in determining how pieces of legislation will benefit them.
"The problem for the Democrats in this case is that the more facts people do learn, the less and less they like healthcare," says Erickson. "But they are so removed and insular in Washington from the rest of the nation, they're going to be in for a very rude awakening if they pass this measure and then go home for the Easter holiday."
The House will first have to approve the Senate healthcare bill, and then both chambers will pass a package of fixes agreed to in negotiations with the White House.