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Kucinich: Obama's Plan Makes "Unacceptable" Senate Bill Even Worse

"It's a much better bill for insurance company investors than it is for the American people."

3:50 PM, Feb 24, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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As noted yesterday, Pelosi's original coalition of 220 members of Congress who voted for the health care bill in November is now down to about 200 to 205. Minority Whip Eric Cantor puts the number in about the same range. So Obamacare's only chance is if Nancy Pelosi can flip 12 to 20 of the 39 Democrats who voted no in November to vote yes now.

It looks like Pelosi doesn't just have to be worried about moderate Blue Dogs' continued opposition. One of the most liberal Democrats, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, remains opposed to the bill. Here's a statement by Kucinich on Obama's health plan emailed by his press secretary to THE WEEKLY STANDARD:

"The new proposal starts with a wholly unacceptable Senate health care bill and, with a few exceptions, continues to make it worse.  It's a much better bill for insurance company investors than it is for the American people.  We need reform that has already proven to increase quality and covers everyone while controlling cost; single payer."

I had always thought that Kucinich's vote against the health care bill in November was merely a protest vote for single payer, and in the end he would do whatever he could to advance national health care. I guess I was wrong.

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