The "secret" deals are pretty obvious. ABC's Rick Klein on how the White House won over Dennis Kucinich:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich is vowing to vote against President Obama’s health care bill, and says the president can only win his vote if he reverses course and includes a “robust” public option to compete with private insurers.
On ABC’s “Top Line” today, Kucinich, D-Ohio, said he has no qualms about sticking by his long-held beliefs. He calls the current bill a “giveaway” to insurance companies, and not “a bill for the American people.”
“They know my position, and unless there’s some dramatic change in the content of the bill, I think they can predict how I’m going to vote,” Kucinich told us.
“You have to keep in mind, this isn’t only up to me -- it’s up to the White House,” Kucinich said. “The president knows what he needs to do to be able to get the votes, and frankly, my position’s been manifestly clear. We have to have a public option because the insurance companies are gouging people, and without a public option there’s no competition on premiums.”
In the current bill, he said, “the insurance companies are going to get a $70 billion giveaway from the federal government annually, with no control over premiums. I mean, what are they about at the White House? They might package this as some great benefit, but why do you have to give the insurance companies a pound of flesh here?