Kucinich drops opposition to health-care bill

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 17, 2010; 10:24 AM

Saying "I take this vote with the utmost seriousness," Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) announced Wednesday morning that he will vote for the health-care bill now before the House, despite his reservations.

"I know I have to make a decision not on the bill as I would like to see it but on the bill as it is," said the congressman, who met with President Obama on Air Force One earlier this week about his opposition to the bill.

"I have doubts about this bill," Kucinich said at a news conference he called to announce his decision to vote yes, adding: "This is not the bill I wanted to support."

"However, after careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elisabeth and close friends I have decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation," he announced.

"If my vote is to be counted, let it count now."

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