March 17, 2010

Key liberal congressman flips to 'yes' on health care vote

Posted: 05:30 PM ET




Washington (CNN) - Health care reform advocates inched closer to victory Wednesday as a high-profile liberal Democrat switched his position and announced his intention to vote for a sweeping $875 billion plan under consideration in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, said he believes "health care is a civil right." He had previously characterized the bill, which cleared the Senate in December, as little more than a boondoggle for private insurers.

Kucinich was publicly lobbied for his vote by President Barack Obama during the president's visit this week to Kucinich's congressional district in Ohio. He told reporters he's had four meetings with Obama to discuss the bill.

"The president's visit to my district ... underscored the urgency of this vote," Kucinich said. "I have doubts about the bill ... [but] I've decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation."


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AlphaPoe1   March 17th, 2010 5:50 pm ET

Thank God! Another person with a conscience, intelligence, sense of right and wrong, and putting the welfare of America first! Thank you Rep. Kucinich.

Joe G. (Illinois)   March 17th, 2010 6:19 pm ET

He didn’t like it, want it, and it wasn’t anything like he hoped or yearned for. But he voted for it.. Kinda of like Obama after attending Rev. Jeremiah Wright sermons for decades. He didn’t like it, but he went for it with his Wife, kids, the all family package…

Marva of the World   March 17th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Rep. Kucinich, thank you for showing common sense and wisdom!

LacrosseMom   March 17th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

The Healthcare Bill is not perfect, I would like the Public Option..... but...... the Bill WILL SAVE AMERICAN LIVES.

Praying for the miracle of healthcare for Americans who need it!

karen   March 17th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

all americans should support their president.he is working very hard for the people of the US.i think even FDR would have had trouble to pass social security, with fox news,and talk radio bashing him 24\7.yes rep.kucinich used common sense

A. Smith, Oregon   March 17th, 2010 11:15 pm ET

US Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich fully realizes in order to force mega Health Insurance, Hospitals, Medical Doctors and Big Pharma to accept a lower profit margin is for the US Govt. to have a public option in the Health Care bill.

However Rep. Dennis Kucinich also realizes that first the Health Care Bill has to pass before it can be crafted, added and adjusted to its more final version which many American's expect from their Democratic lawmakers.

Along with a public option there should also be an amendment which forces Big Pharma to charge Americans only their lowest price they sell the same drugs for outside of the United States.

After the Health Care bill passes, America is going to largely recieve a wake-up call by the response of the American Medical Association and their crony MD's who will by and large REFUSE great numbers of patients that only reimburse them at a fair and balanced scale of compensation.

Much like American MD's now do in dumping Medicare and Medicaid patients, they'll likely do the same in greater numbers of American's protected under a public option plan.

Theresa   March 17th, 2010 11:19 pm ET

I commend any person that actually changes their mind for the betterment of a cause.

a mom   March 18th, 2010 12:00 am ET

rep.kucinich is doing what he think is best for his country. that is what i call a great american.others should take his lead.

Rob   March 18th, 2010 7:31 am ET

Rep.Kucinich is an American that,whether you agree with him or not,should be listened to.I have no doubt the man is a highly principled politician (I know,an oxymoron) who loves this country and is extremely knowledgable about the issues facing the average American.

Ted   March 18th, 2010 9:28 am ET

If you are able to change your mind after you were convinced that you are not right in your stance, then you are a better person.
Sticking to brainless ideas, as Bush did, proves an intelligence of a rainworm. (Sorry worms, no insult intended!)

Our country goes down the drain and our elected, but not selected, politicians spend most of their time making sure the other party cannot do anything constructive. They all do it, no exception.

Eddie   March 18th, 2010 9:42 am ET

Whew!! Not everyone is trying to stand in the way of progress.....Good on you.....Not every "republican" is trying to block this program "just because"....Its a silly childish game they're playing.....We NEED this in AMERICA!!!

Vasilisa C. Hamilton   March 18th, 2010 10:10 am ET

I watched with great interest as Rep. Kucinich explained the reason he has decided to vote yes on health insurance reform. I commend him for standing up for the people, and I believe he is sincere in his desire to help his fellow Americans.

I also enjoyed last night's panel discussion with Ben Stein, Nancy Giles ( I always enjoy hearing her perspective), and the other man whose name I don't recall. It's like Dee Dee Myers said in an interview last night: "We shouldn't forsake the good for the perfect."

I am praying that health insurance reform will pass and that it will be sooner rather than later.

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