Now that the House has cast its vote for health care reform, it can be interesting to go back and see who voted for it, and who didn’t.
Of those who didn’t support reform, one might assume it may have been because few people in their districts were uninsured, and thus health care reform was not a priority.
Of course, it’s not that simple.
Take U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R), whose district, including Visalia and Clovis, has an uninsured population rate of 23.8% — nearly 1 in 4 people. He voted “no.”
Or U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R), with 24% of the population in her Palm Springs area district uninsured. She voted “no” as well.
The district with the highest rate of uninsured Californians – a whopping 42.4% — is represented by U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D). He voted “yes” for health care reform.
To see how all the California representatives have voted, the uninsured rate in their districts, and an accounting of health industry contributions to the Congress members, visit this graphic on the Washington Post site.
You’ll also note that newly sworn-in U.S. Rep John Garamendi (D) managed his transition swiftly enough to have his say on the historic reform proposal — voting “yes,” as promised during the campaign.