Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, is officially undecided but appears to be leaning toward supporting the health care overhaul scheduled for a vote today after Thursday’s postponement.
Mast — who heard from a parade of Obamacare supporters at a marathon town hall meeting last month and was lobbied by President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One on the bill last week — gave an emotional call for his colleagues to unite behind the bill in closed-door remarks to Republican colleagues Thursday night, according to reports from Washington.
According to a Washington Post account, “A key moment inside the session, several lawmakers said, was when Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., a freshman lawmaker who lost both his legs in 2010 while serving as an Army bomb disposal technician in Afghanistan, rose and called on his colleagues to unite behind the bill in the same way he and his comrades fought in battle.”
According to a CNN report circulated by Mast’s office, Mast told reporters “I’ve just never been in a battle that we only had to fire one shot. I’ve never been in a battle with a perfect plan. And even being able to say that — we won every single one of them, because of that unanimity, our ability to win together as a unit.”
In the CNN report, Mast described himself as “very likely” to support the bill.