March 20th, 2010
09:44 AM ET
12 years ago

Kucinich explains 'yes' decision

(CNN) - Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells CNN why he will vote yes on the health care bill despite initially opposing it.

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich • Health care
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. j

    Doing something is better than doing nothing. This health bill isn't that much different from the one that was proposed back in the Clinton Administration and had bipartisan support back at that time. Now the Republicans have decided to polarize everything so it's difficult to get work done for America.

    Dennis Kucinich is doing the right thing for his constituents and America.

    March 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Suncatcher

    What are all the Democrats so afraid of this President that they will sell their souls – and votes – so easily?

    March 20, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. dan smith

    None of your lame excuses are going to keep you in office this time kucinich. Pack your bags because your going to get thrown out in your next election cycle. We the people know now how much of a left wing nut job you Democrats are now.

    March 20, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. dan smith

    Demorat Party=The New Taliban.

    March 20, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Next time he says.......

    he's either for something or against it, how will we know?

    March 20, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. NC

    Weak and him out in November.......he's self centered and votes for what benefits him and not the people he for a Republican in 2010 and 2012.....lets get our America back on the right track..........kill the obamaCare bill..........

    March 20, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Kat

    Kucinich, Enough said, you're a wimp.

    March 20, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Voted4HealthCare

    Thank you, Kucinich. The health bill may not be perfect (nothing really is in politics), but it can be a foundation to build upon going forward for America.

    March 20, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Paul H

    I keep reading, and hearing the President wail on Insurance companies, pushing this out of control Health Care bill. But I never hear him talk about the pharmaceutical industry, or people it the Psychologist field. Between these two fields they have come up with an ailment within ailments and a pill to take care of it. There is an over abundance of medications in this country, and an all to eager establishment to push them down our throats. And Insurance companies have to cover these things.
    Or how about the Doctor that has one price for a patient with insurance, and a higher price for the patient with insurance?
    I these same standards are applied to our Auto Insurance as well. So these villainous Insurance companies have to contend with this kind of conduct while trying to sell a product, and keep it manageable as well.
    I'm not a fan of Insurance Companies by any means, but there is more to the story than these companies just taking it to the people.
    If we are going to have reform we need to address all of these issues as well, and I don't think our politicians have that broad of a brush.

    March 20, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Tom from Vermilion, Ohio

    Well said, Dennis. I agree with your reasoning and commend you for it. My household is a nonpartisan one. We tend to vote in the center, always looking for candidates desire to truely try to represent their constituents. Where's Marcy Kaptor? Would like to hear her position on this matter. And nobody DARE call me a liberal or a CONSERVATIVE. I am a rational realist as best as I can define myself.

    March 20, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    What's to explain? Like Nelson and Landrieu, he took a bribe. The only thing we don't know is the nature of the bribe how many billions of dollars it's going to cost American taxpayers.

    March 20, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Fitz in Texas

    Save it Dennis Kucinich....we don't care what you have to say any longer. You've proven you would sell us out for a cheap ride on AirForce 1, a ride that we hard working taxpayers paid for.

    March 20, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Not health care reform

    Lies and slight of hand will force a bill no one wants, this tool will be another casualty of this Marxist political machine we call the OBAMA administration.

    March 20, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Ann from Ohio

    Thank you, Rep Kucinich for doing the right thing. We know that this is not the Public Option, but we also know that you will stay strong and keep pushing for that. Now talk to Rep Kaptur and let her know that her fellow Ohioians are also counting on her to step up and vote yes. Sadly my rep is Latta and the minute he went to Washington he started spewing all the talking points about government take over of health care and "death panels", so no help there. We can only hope that he is voted out next term. I will do my part. Who are the voters that vote for John (Bohner) Boner aka Bonehead. What an embarassment to our state.......My dog is a better leader than he is. Get rid of the orange skinned bum...VOTE him OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Fed Up

    Don't bother explaining. Just join the unemployment line in January/

    March 20, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Not health care reform

    The "doing this is better than nothing" talking point is the worst argument I could ever think of, HOW COULD a train wreck of a bill that cannot even in good conscience be voted on, that provides an infinite entitlement with no way to pay for it, be a good thing?
    Anyone who believes this is paid for doesn't understand the tricks they played to get the report, do you really think its a good deal to to pay for 10 years to get 6 to 8 years of coverage. FOOLS, what about the next 10 years. Duped and Duped again.

    March 20, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    He simply caved to the political machine. There is no other explanation. He didn't stand by his convictions, and in November, he needs to go.

    March 20, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. CONNIE

    why would anyone trust Kucinich decision now anyway, he is doing such a good job for Ohio. Ohio unemployment rate is 13% and going higher. Just give the people who have no insurance and medicade card. And why is there college funds on this health care bill what has that got to do with it. This is one reason this bill is BAD.

    March 20, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Richard_FL

    j...........are you kidding me!! Where in the world do you get your information.

    Why in the world do you think that Hillary Care when down in flames........for the same reason that this supposed Healthcare legislation should meet the same fate.

    There has never been nor will there ever be any bi-partisanship between parties that are at diametrically opposite ends of the political spectrum.

    This is nothing other than an attempt to nationalize the healthcare system of this country. Nothing more!!

    Get your facts present this in any other light is disingenuous at best...........lies, fraud and conspiracy is the real daddy of this abomination!!

    March 20, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Richard_FL

    I just listened to the explanation given for the change in vote by this troll. Only a politician could talk in such nonsensical and foolish language.

    Listen to this idiot. And to think educated people voted for this drone.

    He is an embarrassment to your State and I hope you vote him to the curb in November. He is a disgrace to the office he holds. How about getting with your State Attorney General and have him brought up on charges on high crimes and misdemeanors, not to mention those of fraud, conspiracy and theft.

    He took an oath to uphold the Constitution of this great land and for him to take part in this scam and the usurpation of the law of this land is criminal and needs to be prosecuted.

    Next time you see this guy, ask him to read his constitution and the rules of how votes are to be cast and ask him how in good conscience he can sign on to anything that is done in complete deference to those requirements so easy to understand.

    This whole matter and the way it is being forced upon the citizens of this country is disgraceful and UN-AMERICAN!!

    March 20, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Willy Brown

    Shut up Moon Bat. You sold out for an airplane ride with Barry.

    March 20, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Flipper

    What a sell out. He says he's against the Senate bill, then he goes up in a big plane w/ Obama, and now he's for the Senate bill.

    March 20, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    He changed his mind because he read it and understands the health care reform bill instead of cherry picking it as Repubicans are doing and then lying.

    March 20, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. independent25

    Dan smith, by the way you sound, you were only going to vote for someone with the R letter in front of their name.

    Suncatcher, show me a person who doesn't change their mind once in a while, and I will show you a person who lacks knowledge, understanding, and courage.

    J, I'm still a little unsure about this bill but I will give this, the current bill was very similar to the one being proposed now, why certain people are all of a sudden against it is beyond me. Actually, no it isn't..

    March 20, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Pragmatic

    Smart man: take what is possible now and work on what can be possible in the future. If you wait for "perfect" – nothing will ever happen.

    Republicans are celebrating too early: My parents will now have no donut hole that saps their savings. My cousin with a pre-existing condition can now get affordable insurance. Her daughter will get a Pell grant to help cover the cost of college. My son who lost his job will remember the republicans didn't want him to have benefits to bridge his family until he does find a job.

    All of these people vote; this is the real silent majority. And they will truly remember the lies, the death panels, the "we don't care if you live or die as long as we win" attitude of the republicans!

    March 20, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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