Monday, November 9, 2009

Single Vote from GOP on healthcare reform

There was only one vote from the republican side of the table on Obamas Democratic Health care bill that passed through the house late Saturday. Who was the standout Republican? It was Anh "Joseph" Cao who’s vote came after Obama personally called him to ask for his support. Cao agreed to vote on the bill if an amendment passed that would remove some public insurance on abortion. The amendment did pass and Cao kept his word to the president. Cao also explained that he put the needs of his district first in voting for the bill and that it was worth any criticism that would come his way. Republican National Committee Michael Steele was quoted in saying “candidates who live in moderate to slightly liberal districts have got to walk a little bit carefully here, because you do not want to put yourself in a position where you're crossing that line on conservative principles, fiscal principles, because we'll come after you.” Cao has stood strong next to his decision and responded to Steele “He has the right to come after those members who do not conform to party lines, but I would hope that he would work with us in order to adjust to the needs of the district and to hold a seat that the Republican Party would need.” Cao is a fine example to American politics and shows that you cannot always completely follow your parties guide lines and must be willing to go outside of political boundaries in order to do the right thing.

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