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November 8th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

Lone Republican Votes Yes

Representative Joseph Cao of Louisiana was the only member of the GOP to vote for the House health care bill. The measure squeaked by on a vote of 220 to 215. He told CNN's Betty Nguyen this morning why he broke ranks with his party.

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  1. Lois Langtry

    Is it any wonder voters are disgusted with of our Congressional representatives when member after member goes on national news shows and note the health care bill passed the House by a vote of 220 to 215 then states the measure passed by only 2 votes? Is this some kind of new math, Washington spin or do our representatives really think the vast majority of voters are too stupid to notice?

    November 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  2. Chris Cruz

    Whatever the math, the people got a chance at longevity over big biz and insurance.

    Now to pay for it Some tough choices have to be made.

    Do we really need foreign language programs in goverment for citizens who dont want to speak English?

    Do we really need foreign aid to most countries? How about terminating foreign aid to any country who has an illegal immigrant present in this country? Since we're paying for that illegal and his/her family through various social and educational programs, we should reimburse ourselves by taking it out of that countries foreign aid package.

    Now we can divert those funds saved into health care for Americans

    November 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This just goes to show you that you cant trust the zeros when it comes to honer he might as well go all the way and and change his pledge to the democratic party theres no way he can be trusted to honer his pledge.

    November 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  4. Dustin - Ohio

    I'm glad it went through now I've got less people to nagg... I'm glad this republican was clear when he said it wasn't a popular choice, within his party. I don't even need the polls which CNN has been dodging for whatever reason... I can ask anyone I know.. they're all for it.

    November 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  5. PhilipB

    Not an easy decision. Yes or no, it does take political courage to break ranks from the party's platform and adhere to your designate constituent.

    November 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm |
  6. Stephanie Chapin

    I wish every political leader would follow your example. Joe Cao choose not to vote to enhance HIS political future. He did not vote to help Republicans he voted to help the people in his district, where many are uninsured and low income. How many politicians will vote no as this bill moves on, knowing there is 10% unemployed, many lost insurance coverage as I did. How many will simply vote the party line and side with big business, who will then help them in their political aspirations?

    November 9, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  7. Robert Lake,MI

    The only reason Cao voted for the bill was because he knew that where he lives his voters are poor and if he wants to survive his re-election he had to vote for this! What comes around and goes around and fortunately for this country the members of the Senate have broader voter base and they know that the majority of tax payers dont want this bill because they know they will get stuck with the bill all to see their children having inferior health care than the ones on government plans that the tax payer pays for in the first place!

    November 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  8. Robert Lake,MI

    Funny thing that all the ones who lost their jobs or health insurance crying for this bill to be passed only have one thing in mind and thats how to get free insurance. How about to all of you get rid of your cell phone,internet,car payment,satellite tv, nights out at the bar, you know all things you dont have to have, and you could afford your own health insurance instead of asking for handouts to maintain your lifestyles! Doesnt matter it wont pass the Senate thank GOD!

    November 9, 2009 at 3:14 pm |