The Former Boy Mayor of Cleveland Flips on Health Care
From the NY Daily News:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a fierce critic of the health care reform bill from the Democrats’ left, relented Wednesday and said he would vote for it.
The Ohio Democrat’s decision brings House Speaker Nancy Pelosi one member closer to the 216 votes she needs to pass reform.
But Kucinich is not doing it gladly, and his capitulation comes only after intense pressure from Pelosi and President Obama, who traveled to Ohio with Kucinich earlier this week.
“I have taken this fight farther than many in Congress have been willing to take it,” Kucinich said, arguing that he owed it to his constituents to push for a single-payer health-care system that ends the power of insurance companies.
But, he said, “In the past week, it’s become clear that the vote on the final health bill will be very close.”
And he does not want to be the one who scuttles reform, even if he doesn’t think it’s good enough.
“I know I have to make a decision on the bill not as I’d like to see it, but as it is,” he said.
“After careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth and close friends, I’ve decided to cast my vote in favor.”
Dennis Kucinich, at age 31, became one of the worst big-city mayors in history, and lead the city of Cleveland into default. Thirty-one years later, perhaps this is Dennis’ efforts to make President Obama look far more fiscally irresponsible than he? But I suppose the Federal government can’t really default because, unlike the city of Cleveland, they can print more money.
The truly liberal movement that Kucinich claims to represent is right to object to insurance mandates, as instead of socialized health care, they see it as a handout to insurance companies… corporatism.
But the little known fact about Kucinich is that he isn’t a true believer. He once was staunchly pro-life, voting to ban partial-birth abortions in the Ohio state senate and campaigning on a staunchly pro-life platform, earning a 95% from the National Rife to Life Committee as recently as 2000. And as Sabrina Eaton and Stephen Koff reported in 2003, he was more than willing to use the worst racial prejudices imaginable in order to win elections. At the end of the day, this guy is a total dirt-bag opportunist who cares more about spending public presidential campaign funds in lavish ways during his kooky national campaigns than representing the people of his district.
Kucinich caved into Democrats who understand that if this bill passes, then the transformation of America is complete… And this type of disgusting paternalism means that voters will slowly become totally dependent on the election of Democrats indefinitely into the future to maintaining the growing welfare state. And the one pro-life Kucinich just pledged to vote for a staunchly pro-abortion bill which will count on abortions to help keep health care prices lower. disgusting.
Cleveland voters should be ashamed they didn’t end Dennis’ career decades ago.
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