|Representative Joseph Cao Says "No"|
|Written by Sherry|
|Thursday, 18 March 2010 21:56|
Update: The intriguing Louisiana 2nd District Rep. Joseph Cao, a very serious Catholic, and the lone Republican to cross the aisle to support the earlier House version of the health reform bill, has announced that he will vote against the Senate bill in its current form.
"Noting that the Senate bill is "much weaker than the version we passed through the House" in regard to abortion, Cao said he intended to vote against it. Cao, appearing on "WDSU News at 4," said he could still vote "yes" on a health care reform package that was more restrictive on abortions.
He said his office has been flooded with calls and visits from those on both sides of the health care issue.
"We have people knocking at our doors, we have groups coming in, lobbying," he said. "It comes down to me and my own conscience and that's what I have to deal with."
Cao said that while most Louisianians oppose the measure, he recognizes that many in his mostly urban district want health care reform.
"We do need some kind of health care reform to assist many people in the district," he said. "But again, my decision to support the health care bill cannot contradict my conscience."