Posted on November 10, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao was the lone Republican who voted in favor of Obama’s health care bill in the House last Saturday.  The only way Obama could get even one vote from a Republican is by coercion and bribery—the Chicago way—where he’s well-versed.  Obama called Cao and apparently offered assurances that "he would help economic recovery in his district, which is mostly minority and poor".  Now that sounds like a bribe to me.  I’m sure he also stretched the truth to benefit his health care scam to Cao so he could claim a "bipartisan" vote, if you can call this bipartisan.
I’d like to know what the rush is all about to push this health care bill down our throats, besides Obama needing something to put on his résumé at the end of the year as a so-called "accomplishment".  Obama keeps insisting that his health care reform transform is needed now.  If the urgency to pass the medical care legislation was to deal with an immediate problem, then why postpone the date when the legislation goes into effect—in 2013?  If this is such an "emergency", why wait four years to put this health care bill into effect?  If people are "dying in the streets without health care" as the Democrats are trying to make Americans believe, why aren’t they putting something in place now for those who need health care instead of dragging us all down into this bottomless health care pit with a complete overhaul, which is certainly not necessary?  All that is necessary is some reform.  Something is wrong here, and I believe we’ll find out soon enough what the method to Obama’s madness is, and some of us may not like what unfolds, I’m sure.
Apparently, Cao is naive and doesn’t know Obama too well.  Obama is cunning and has a history of telling people what they want to hear in order to get what he wants—this attribute is part of what won him the election.  That’s what he’s really good at, and he’s had years of practice to hone his craft.  Cao must have been picked by Obama and his corrupt Democrat cronies as an easy targetlike wolves surrounding a "lone" sheep.  Time will tell if the Democrats will honor the Amendment of not having taxpayer dollars go to supporting elective abortions and everything else that they’re promising.  God help us all if this legislation isn’t stopped.  On that note, I’ll close with a couple of relevant quotes

"Political promises are much like marriage vows. They are made at the beginning of the relationship

between candidate and voter, but are quickly forgotten."
Dick Gregory

"If we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical drugs now, how can we afford
to pay for doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical drugs, in addition to a new federal bureaucracy to
administer a government-run medical system?"
—Thomas Sowell
November 09, 2009
White House Spent ‘Weeks’ Courting Lone GOP Vote on Health Care Bill
Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, the only Republican to back the health care bill in the House Saturday night, says he had several meetings with President Obama and White House staff in the weeks leading up to the vote. 
The White House spent weeks trying to convince Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao to support the House health care reform bill before he finally cast his vote in favor of the Democratic package, the Republican congressman from Louisiana said Monday. 

Cao was the only Republican to back the House bill Saturday night. He told Fox News that he bucked his party out of a sense of obligation for his district, which encompasses most of New Orleans. 

"My vote was a vote of conscience," Cao said. "Whether or not it was a popular vote for the party is of little relevance to me." 

But Cao said the Obama administration invested considerable time in him. He said President Obama spoke with him for "a period of a couple weeks" and that Obama’s staff spoke with him "on a number of occasions." 

The final pitch came Saturday around noon, when Obama called Cao and apparently offered assurances that he would help economic recovery in his district, which is mostly minority and poor. Obama got 75 percent of the votes in Cao’s district in last November’s presidential election.

"We were able to sit down to talk about recovery, to talk about the needs of the district," Cao told Fox News, though he said no "promises" were made. "The administration and I, we have a very great relationship." 

The health care reform bill passed by a 220-215 vote Saturday. Cao’s backing denied the Republican Party the ability to claim a unanimous rejection of the bill, and it allows Democrats to claim some semblance of bipartisan support. 

Republicans suggested they weren’t surprised by the vote.

"We’ve been working with him for months on this," House Minority Leader John Boehner said of Cao.

Cao’s unique political circumstances make him a special case and could help justify his vote in the eyes of other Republicans. 

The Republican won in an upset election last December, ousting embattled Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who has since been convicted on federal corruption charges. 

But Cao’s victory also immediately made him one of the most vulnerable GOP members in the House. Cao was keenly aware of how the health care reform vote could affect his political future. 

According to The Times-Picayune, he said over the summer that "voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career." 

With the "yes" vote, Cao may give himself a fighting chance. 

The Republican gave a twofold explanation for his decision late Saturday, saying in a written statement that he was standing against taxpayer funding for abortion as much as he was standing for health care reform. 

Cao said the last-minute amendment to restrict federal funding toward abortions, a sticking point for many moderates, was a deciding factor for him. 

"Thanks to the … amendment, taxpayer dollars will not go to supporting elective abortions, and for thousands of my constituents, this was a top priority," he said. "By incorporating this amendment into the health reform bill, my colleagues and I made this bill better, and that is an achievement of which I will always be proud." 

Cao even copied in an endorsement of his vote from Gregory Aymond, archbishop of New Orleans, who said he was "grateful" to Cao for his "determination to defend life."



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LOL! Good one, Tom. Even my husband laughed at that one. Not only does Obama want to rewrite the U.S. Constitution, he also want to rewrite the dictionary.QB


But bribe is such an ugly and/or descriptive word. We prefer give and take, compromise, logrolling and legislative process.


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