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March 17, 2010


CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER - U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich waited until Democrats had won last November's health care reform vote before casting his ballot against it on the House of Representatives floor.

"I have doubts about the bill," Kucinich said. "This is not the bill I wanted to support. . . However, after careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth and close friends, I’ve decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation."

Kucinich's move came after months of insisting he'd oppose the bill because it doesn't do enough to curtail insurance company abuses. Kucinich advocates bolstering Medicare and expanding its coverage to include all Americans.

But he acknowledged this morning that his choice now is to either vote "no" on principle, and thereby possibly block the biggest (though imperfect) advance in health coverage in decades, or compromise for the good of the estimated 30 million more Americans who could gain insurance.

"I have taken this fight further" than many other Congress members, Kucinich said, citing his two presidential campaigns in which he advocated universal coverage and his bill introduction and other attempts in the House to get single-payer insurance.

He told reporters that if they want to see first-hand the tough economic and health-care choices that many Americans face, they should "come to the 10th District in Ohio and you'll understand."

His recent criticism of the bill included a column he authored for last Sunday's Plain Dealer, in which he wrote:

"Even with the few modest improvements in the bill, the insurance companies will still have dozens of loopholes to deny care and continue to find ways to leave Americans with the unpayable bill."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new healthcare bill is a real Moose Turd Pie. It may look good on the surface, but under the crust...ewww.

I am actually a rather disappointed that Denis is supporting this health care farce. It has loopholes big enough to drive a firetruck through.

Utah Phillips- Mosse Turd Pie(audio only)

March 17, 2010 12:11 PM  
Anonymous MonkeyMuffins said...

shame on kucinich

all talk, no action

just another insider selling main street out to wall street

dark days ahead...

i'm thoroughly disgusted with regressives, gliberals and phlegmocrats

wealth care reform (d/b/a health care reform) is an obamanation

March 17, 2010 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be removing my name from Kuccinich email updates. So much for the man's word. Back to Nader.

March 17, 2010 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

perfectly predictable. dk sold out his iowa supporters the evening before the caucuses. the only phone call received from dk campaign was a last-minute instruction to go caucus for obama.

stop looking for heroes, lefties.

this bill is far worse than passing nothing right now.

March 17, 2010 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kucinich does a flip. True to form.

March 17, 2010 6:47 PM  

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