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C'MON DENNIS, DON'T BE ANOTHER GEORGE VOINOVICH
Submitted by Roldo on Mon, 03/08/2010 - 20:36.
Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich is being singled out to change his vote on President Barack Obama’s health reform measure. President Obama himself pitched to Kucinich, telling him a form of single-payer option – Kucinich’s desire – is in the reform bill.
Kucinich was a no vote on the measure that passed the House. He has been pressing for an ideal single-payer measure.
Kucinich has the reputation of being a politician with strong beliefs. He has also been a rather selfish politician who thinks of his standing when making his decisions.
His intransigence not only endangers health reform – weakened as it is – but damages the Obama administration and possibly Democrats in general for the coming election.
The delayed health reform battle has set back President Obama’s ability to deal with the jobs and other issues. Republicans have denied Obama a single vote in the U. S. Senate in an attempt to fatally damage his presidency.
Rep. Bernie Sanders told the Huffington Post that he had talked to Kucinich, albeit “a while back,” about his provision that gives states the ability to provide a single-payer option using federal funds to do so.
The article said that President Obama directly addressed Kucinich’s concern about lack of a single-payer aspect, telling him a form was in the bill and that the Congressman “wrote it down.”
Dennis and a few other Democrats – mostly more conservative ones - are holding up health insurance for some 40 million people and many others facing a jobless future without health insurance.
Democrats want to pass a revised health bill under circumstances that allow the U. S. Senate, which has already passed a bill (as has the House) to dodge a Republican filibuster. A revised Senate bill from the House would require only 50 Senate votes. Democrats believe they can produce 50 votes.
C’mon Dennis, let’s not be your usual selfish self and think about the general good.
The full Huffington article can be accessed here: