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Shocker: Kucinich Will Now Vote ‘Yes’!

From a seemingly surprised Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Rep. Dennis Kucinich to vote "yes" on health care

March 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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.

This time around — pressured by everyone from President Obama to Moveon.org — the Cleveland Democrat had no luxury to dawdle before taking a stance. He announced at a Capitol news conference this morning that he’ll vote "yes" on the bill’s latest draft.

"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…

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."

President Obama personally lobbied for his vote Monday on a ride to Cleveland aboard Air Force One, and at a health care reform rally in Strongsville…

Meanwhile, from way back on October 28, 2009, via C-SPAN and YouTube:

Kucinich: What Do We Stand For: Insurance Companies Or The People?

“Is this the best we can do? Forcing people to buy private health insurance, guaranteeing at least $50 billion in new business for the insurance companies?

Is this the best we can do? Government negotiates rates which will drive up insurance costs, but the government won’t negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies which will drive up pharmaceutical costs.

Is this the best we can do? Only 3% of Americans will go to a new public plan, while currently 33% of Americans are either uninsured or underinsured?

Is this the best we can do? Eliminating the state single payer option, while forcing most people to buy private insurance.

“If this is the best we can do, then our best isn’t good enough and we have to ask some hard questions about our political system: such as Health Care or Insurance Care? Government of the people or a government of the corporations.”

For the record, we suspect that the “careful discussions with President Obama” aboard Air Force One went something like this:

Obama: Look, you effin’ R-word, you think you hate big insurance more than I do? Are you really so stupid as to not get that this is going to destroy the insurance industry?

Who is going to be dumb enough to pay for insurance now when they can wait until they absolutely need it? Well, maybe some of your supporters are that out to lunch, but most people aren’t.

They will see the light and leave those evil insurance companies high and dry — except when they need one of those unnecessary tonsillectomies or amputations that doctors pull.

Kucinich: Ohhh. –Oh my God, is that the Statue Of Liberty?! I’ve never seen it so close up before!

Though, come to think of it, we are probably over-estimating what a hard sell Mr. Kucinich was.

It probably only took a couple commemorative napkins.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Shocker: Kucinich Will Now Vote ‘Yes’!”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    DenKun just said yes, yes, but his eyes were saying no, no.

  2. proreason says:

    The munchkin is a dumbkin

  3. Mithrandir says:

    “Is this the best we can do!?” ~When you are talking about government, the best they can do is ALWAYS below average.

    Government is the reverse Hand of Midas, but what did you expect by electing a whole pile of lawyers to sit in a room, argue with each other, and bill you for their time?

    • U NO HOO says:

      I wonder why a doctor, Medical Doctor, would give up his practice and run for Congress and then actually serve in Congress.

      Oh well, half of any population is below average.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Cue Elton John’s “Like a Candle in the Wind” Yo Denny, the song’s about Marilyn Monroe. She rolled over for democrats too & look where it got her.

    “You seemed to live your life like a candle in the wind. Never knowing who to cling to when the rain set in….

  5. Right of the People says:

    Dennis the Menace is one of the most worthless, carbon-based lifeforms on the planet. He is using up oxygen the rest of us could put to good use and exhaling way too much CO2.

  6. GL0120 says:

    I figure that either they threatened to let Bawney Fwank turn him into his personal plaything, or they had Massa tickle him till he changed his mind.
    With this clown, it wouldn’t have taken much.

  7. DANEgerus says:

    I just heard your comment word for word on Rush Limbaugh… did he not credit you?

    • Steve says:

      We are pals. He doesn’t need to credit me on air.

      He regularly links to me from his site and always puts all of the day’s S&L articles in his stack of stuff.

  8. sheehanjihad says:

    Even though we can labor under various thoughts and ideas that Obama used to gain Denny’s vote….it had to be something huge for Denny…not just big. But something where he would get in front of the cameras, and suddenly become the torch bearer for a bill that he was so dead set against just last week.

    Considering the hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to other senators and congressmen, what Dennis got for his “yes” vote will make that look like peanuts. This little shrimp could care less about single payer…unless he is the single one getting paid. No, there is a lot more to this than meets the eye….and I hope someone leaks it, and soon.

  9. BobonStatenIsland says:

    You think if Kucinich went with a ride with me in my Ford I could convince him to change back to a NO vote? I’ll even take him all the way back to his home state, too. He can ride in the trunk.

  10. wardmama4 says:

    Kucinich was on the plane to his home state (We don’t want him back) and district (Cleveland, known by some in OH as ‘the mistake on the lake’) – he is an embarrassment to most Ohioans.

    I too, hope that in the next few hours – whatever bribe that one of Obama’s minions offered (as he doesn’t like his fingerprints on anything) – will become public. We need to know – how much more will be added to the ‘costs’ of healthcare – just to get it ‘passed’ or ‘deemed’ or whatever tactic they will have to employ next week – when it fails yet again.

    Start by We The People vote/control Congressional pay raises, then they have to go onto SS, end their own ‘golden parachute healthcare/retirement plans/benefits,’ then repealing the 16th (Federal Income Tax) and 17th (Direct Election of Senators) Amendments and finally institute term limits for every office holder from Dog Catcher to POTUS, two terms and you are out forever would be a finale to ending this Congressional malfeasance.

    Then we will see how many lowlifes, criminals, thugs and thieves want to really be ‘Public Servants’ – when in reality they have just become Power Mad, greedy thugs.

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