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Cardin, Mikulski: aye on health care

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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.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Ben Cardin.jpgCardin 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.'"

Mikulski photo.jpgAnd 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."

By Amy Gardner  |  December 24, 2009; 9:10 AM ET
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Neither one of these fools has read the bill nor considered that it's unconstitutional in part or in its entirety.
Both sold out for purely political reasons and any statement made by them that it's for the good of the people is an out and out lie. When do these political
p r o s t i t u t e s start listening to the people the majority of which oppose this healthCONTROL FRAUD!

Posted by: TexRancher | December 24, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

What I want to know is why we have two Jewish Senators in a state where they represent 2% of the population? Michael Steele would have made a much better Senator that would have represented the Maryland constituency more equally. Aren't all you democratic voters tired of being taken for granted? Marylanders are in the top five for taxes in the USA. Fools.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | December 26, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

charlietuna666, Maryland does not currently have two Jewish Senators. While Ben Cardin is Jewish, Barbara Mikulski is Catholic. If you must be an antisemite, at least get your facts straight when it comes to religious affiliation.

Posted by: aohmd | December 26, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Besides, Steele has no political principles, he is too busy lining his own pockets at the expense of his alleged party. The Senate health care bill is messy, but so what, so what else is new in the US Congress? How come our two Maryland Senators didn't hold out for some cash goodies for our cash strapped state?

Posted by: VikingRider | December 26, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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