Kucinich Will Vote Yes, Aware of Healthcare Bill’s Historic Moment
March 17, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the stubbornly progressive single payer advocate Congressman from Ohio, who voted no on the House’s passage of healthcare reform in December, just announced that he has decided to vote in favor of passing healthcare reform in the House of Representatives. During his Wednesday morning televised press conference, Kucinich noted the historic moment of the healthcare reform bill, and he decided that he did not want to be the one Democratic lawmaker who would derail it.
Kucinich, said in the past week it’s become clear that the vote on the final bill will be become close and he was not about to be on the wrong side of history, because of his strong support for a single payer system. “I know I have to make a decision not on the bill as I would like to see it but as it is, he said. But he noted he would continue to fight to improve the bill, saying “I do not retract those criticisms” of the bill.
The long-time Ohio lawmaker and former presidential hopeful, said that he decided to change his mind about the bill and vote yes, after speaking with President Obama and his wife. Obama held a healthcare town meeting in Kucinich’s home state and it was obvious that many of his constituents were suffering from lack of access to healthcare and they supported the bill.
He went on to blame the vitriolic right-wing attacks on the bill, casting it as Socialism and a government takeover, as a byproduct of lingering post 9/11 fear.
He noted that many on the right oppose healthcare reform, based on the principle that it’s a privilege for those who can afford to pay for it. Kucinich views healthcare as a civil right.
I will continue to lead for as long as it takes to establish healthcare as a civil right, declared Kucinich.