Democrats against healthcare reform
by Jerome Armstrong, Sun Nov 08, 2009 at 06:38:43 AM EST
The netroots have given Larry Kissell $485,795 (via OpenLeft), over the past couple of cycles. He voted no on this healtcare reform bill. He says it was to "protect medicare" which seems like a bizzare explanation.
Here's the list of those Democrats that voted against it, and they all have their excuses.
Brian Baird's name jumps out. He represents a pretty liberal CD in SW Washington, mostly Vancouver. A CD that has consistently gotten more liberal, while Baird has turned into a conservative Democrat.
Ben Chandler and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin were both special election netroots beneficiaries back in the day.
Artur Davis? Yea, he says, " I'm not for a system where the private sector disappears and the government is in the business of providing health care." And yet, no doubt, Artur Davis himself is the beneficiary of a gov't run healthcare program, which I'm sure he has no problem with taking advatage of as a Rep. He's in a CD won by Obama by 48% in 2008.
Heath Shuler. I think this guy is going to make enough progressives in Ashville not turn out to vote in '10, that he'll likely lose re-election.
On and on it goes. These are the overview details:
Of course, there will be another vote, and some of these will flip to voting yes on the final bill (and some that voted yes now will flip to voting no) after the Senate votes, and on whatever form compromise the final bill takes. I think Kucinich is the only Dem that voted against it because it wasn't good enough, which is sorta typical of his voting record (ed., Eric Massa too).