Rep. Rush opposes healthcare bill, then calls himself undecided

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said he was opposed to the healthcare bill Thursday -- then later said he's undecided.

Rush, a liberal member from Chicago, said in a statement Thursday he was against the bill. Rush said he was worried about its effects on hospitals in struggling areas.

"Not just Chicago hospitals, poor hospitals, hospitals in poor areas," he told reporters.

Thursday evening during a floor vote, Rush found himself talking to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) for 15 minutes. After Pelosi and Hoyer left, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) spoke with Rush, the only person to defeat President Barack Obama in a federal election. In 2000, Rush handily defeated Obama in a Democratic House primary.

After the vote Thursday, Rush told reporters he had yet to decide on the healthcare bill.

"This is a moving target," he said.

He added that there's "been significant movement over the last few weeks, last few minutes."

Asked what had changed, Rush said Democratic leaders "understand the merits of my position," he said.

"We're working something out," he said.