|You know it's bad when your own party wants to toss you...|
Representative Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that he will vote for the Senate version of the health care bill. Costa shot to national attention this past week over allegations that he and another Valley Democrat, Cardoza (D-Modesto), were being bribed with water in order to secure a yes vote.
Costa joined Cardoza and a third valley Dem, Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton, in ending the "will they or won't they" speculation Saturday saying they were satisfied with the proposal after reading the bill's fine print.Apparently the NYT and the WAPO were able to sniff out the discrepancies in the reported numbers from the CBO, but Costa couldn't. But then again, we only elect the best and the brightest to Congress, right Alcee Hastings?
"For me, it boils down to this: Who makes the important health care decisions in our country - patients, their families and their doctors, or insurance companies?" Costa said in his release. "I was not willing to make a final decision on my vote until I saw the actual language in the bill to protect patients from losing their insurance coverage, from having their rates jacked through the ceiling, and from being denied coverage by insurance companies."
The language satisfied his concerns, he said.
He said 28 percent of the constituents in his district are uninsured and this bill, which he called "fiscally responsible," is first step to bridge that gap.
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