Cardin, Mikulski: aye on health care
Maryland U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski cast their lots with fellow Democrats early today by voting for final passage of the Senate health reform bill.
Cardin quickly released a statement: "This bill is good for Marylanders. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act establishes the framework for universal, affordable quality care for every American. It speaks to the values of our nation. The bill is not perfect, but I know that we will look back at this day as being one of the bright moments for America where we said to the people of our nation, 'we will provide affordable, quality health care for every American.'"
And Mikulski sent us this: "Today is a historic day. After decades of discussions and promises, we have taken a giant step forward in providing universal access to health care. I was proud to vote for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It extends coverage to 31 million Americans who don't have health insurance now."
It's also worth noting that U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) has been all over the airwaves in praise of his fellow Marylanders' vote (and urging patience from progressives for what's not in the bill, such as a public option). That's a stark contrast to the radio silence across the river, where U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb of Virginia also voted in favor of the bill but have been greeted with nada from their House brethren. In swinging Virginia, Warner and Webb are also taking a beating already from Republicans, like this one from the National Republican Senatorial Committee:
"U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner voted this morning to pass President Barack Obama's massive government-run health care bill, which will lead to higher taxes, taxpayer-funded abortions, massive cuts to Medicare, and higher health care premiums for Virginians."
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