Dennis Kucinich flips to the dark side:
Health care reform advocates inched closer to victory Wednesday morning as a high-profile liberal Democrat switched his position and announced his intention to vote for a sweeping $875 billion plan under consideration in the House of Representatives.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, said he believes “health care is a civil right.” He had previously characterized the bill, which passed the Senate in December, as little more than a boondoggle for private insurers.
Kucinich was publicly lobbied for his vote by President Barack Obama during the president’s visit this week to Kucinich’s congressional district in Ohio. He told reporters he’s had four meetings with Obama to discuss the bill.
“The president’s visit to my district … underscored the urgency of this vote,” Kucinich said. “I have doubts about the bill … [but] I’ve decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation.”
He said he ultimately had “to make a decision on the bill as it is, not on the bill as I’d like to see it.”
No one here gets out alive.