“I have always said that I would put aside partisan wrangling to do the business of the people. My vote tonight was based on my priority of doing what is best for my constituents.”
So said Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA) the sole Republican member of the House of Representatives to vote in favor of health care reform, thereby making minority whip Eric Cantor’s bragging that his party would stand unified against the bill look silly and putting the lie to his party’s efforts to block reform. Cao said, in essence, that he voted for it because it was simply the right thing to do.
It’s especially telling that he submitted his “yes” vote well before time expired, meaning that he planned to stick his neck out no matter whether the finally tally looked like it would be close, a sure winner, or a sure loser.
Unfortunately for Republicans (and unfortunately for the country as a whole), Cao is less representative of their party these days than the people in the video of House debate below. The exchange beginning at around 35 seconds in is particularly exemplary: the Democratic representative is saying she supports reform that “ensures no mother will ever have her child’s care denied because of a pre-existing condition.” Meanwhile, the Republican representative is repeating “I object,” over her words ad nauseum.