“Given all the times I’ve voted against the President, going aboard Air Force One I thought proper attire was a parachute.”Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, announcing this morning his decision to vote for the healthcare bill. Dennis flew on AF1 with the President on the way to a rally yesterday for healthcare in Strongsville, Ohio which is in Dennis's district. During the rally, when the President was introducing Congressman Kucinich, someone in the audience yelled out, “Vote YES!” The President laughed, turned to Mr. Kucinich, and said, “Did you hear that, Dennis?” Then he asked the audience member to repeat it . . . just in case.
Dennis Kucinich is the strongest proponent of single-payer in Congress. His opposition to the bill has always been principled and the most substantively critical on the Democratic side. But he recognizes this is a first step, and Congress will revisit this bill again and again to improve it, much as it did with Social Security.
Way to go, Dennis!