Kucinich Gets His Mind Right With ‘Yes’ Vote on HCR
Matt | On 17, Mar 2010
Here’s an update to a story we posted earlier this week.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has changed his position on the healthcare bill that will soon come before the U.S. House of Representatives. He has confirmed that he will vote YES on the bill. The Cleveland-area lawmaker had been one of the the strongest holdouts on the proposed legislation. He was very uncomfortable with the lack of a public option, states rights to have single payer systems, and little consumer protections from the insurance industry.
Kucinich brought up some good points about why he switched. Basically, he doesn’t want to undermine Obama’s presidency since this is a key issue for his first term. He believes that it’s important that the nation stand behind its president because he is in a pretty tough decision-making role. He also noted the continued sales tactics by the White House, including time with POTUS on Air Force One in route to a rally in Strongsville, Ohio (in Kucinich’s district).
I applaud the Congressman for his change of heart. I would like to remind him, though, that he really should have done it for the thousands of his constituents who will now have access to SOME kind of healthcare once this passes. They are the ones, not so much Barack, that need your support. The president has healthcare. If he goes up and down West 130th Street in Cleveland, there are many that don’t!