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“Hindsight is always 20-20, but last time I checked almost every president since Teddy Roosevelt tried to do something on health care and wasn’t able to do it. It was the right thing to do, and sometimes you don’t get a second chance to do the right thing.” — Former North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge

“Republicans did a great job of misinforming … and scaring the American people. So did the insurance companies, and the fact is when you explain provisions of the bill, the American people support it. …I’m embarrassed for Congress that they didn’t pass health care reform long before we did. Far too many people in Congress think that they are there to get reelected and that’s unfortunate. We’re there to work for the American people, and that’s what we did. We passed a measure that allows millions of Americans to be insured. It allows people with pre-existing [conditions] to get covered.” — Former Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus

“You have to vote with your conscience and do what’s right. In my district, I had 350,000 who had no health insurance. I came from a migrant family, and I knew the seriousness of not having insurance and people dying because they couldn’t go to the doctor. It was the right thing to do, and if I had to do it again, I would do it again. It was now or never.” — Former Texas Rep. Solomon Ortiz

Politico spoke to Democrat lawmakers who fought to pass the Affordable Care Act — and who were voted out as a result.  The consensus?  No regrets.

That’s because they did the right thing.

(via inothernews)

In addition to getting voted out, Driehaus also got lots of death threats in his office and at his home outside of Cincinnati. A good friend worked in his office and explained to us the process by which the Capitol police and FBI field offices respond to congressional death threats. Hint: they’ll find you, and fast.

Also, I watched the Saints/Colts Super Bowl with Driehaus in the middle of a snow storm once. Good dude (i.e. he liked my jokes).

(via revieloutionne)

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