RUSH: Dennis Kucinich last night on PMSNBC confirms his ‘no’ vote on Obamacare.
KUCINICH: I voted against the first version of the bill in the House. I told the president twice, in two different meetings, that I couldn’t support the bill if it didn’t have a robust public option, and if it didn’t have something that was going to protect consumers from these rapid premium increases — and, you know what? The White House counsel is wavering. To hear the president you’d think that he was for single payer, at least the public option, but he’s not. This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry, $70 billion a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance, five consecutive years of double-digit premium increases. I’m sorry. I just don’t see that this bill is a solution.
RUSH: Lawrence O’Donnell is the host here and doesn’t like what he’s hearing here. He said, ‘So did we just get a ‘no’ there, Kucinich? You’re going to vote against the Senate bill, the first stage of this process in the House?’
KUCINICH: If that sounded like a ‘no,’ you’re correct.
O’DONNELL: (snorts) O-okay. Would you be comfortable if it turns out you are, in effect, the single vote that defeats health care reform?
KUCINICH: Every vote counts. I’m one of 435 members of the House of Representatives.
RUSH: All right, we don’t need to hear the rest. ‘Do you reeeeeeally want to be a guy that kills Obamacare?’ They asked that of Scott Brown. It’s a badge of honor with these guys.