Undecided Dem won't return White House calls on healthcare

A key undecided Democrat on healthcare said he opted not to return White House calls to him on healthcare.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who's yet to announce how he'll vote on a healthcare bill before the House this weekend, said he opted not to respond to Obama administration entreaties on healthcare.

"The White House called, I decided not to return their phone calls," Cuellar said during an appearance on Fox News. "I'm going to see the president later this afternoon."

Cuellar's one of a dwindling number of House Democrats who's yet to announce his stance on health reform legislation. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic leaders are working to cull together the 216 votes needed to pass a healthcare bill, which appears set for a very close vote on Sunday.

Cuellar was referring to hearing from President Barack Obama himself on Saturday when the president will visit the Hill to talk to House Democrats at the Capitol Visitor Center.

"The White House has called; with all due respect to the White House this is a decision I need to make for my district," Cuellar said. "It's not the White House's decision, it's my decision."

Update, 12:04 p.m.: It appears one Democratic lawmaker was even more bold when it comes to healthcare. Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) personally said "no" to healthcare during a phone call with Obama, The Morning Call reports.

Bridget Johnson contributed to this report.

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