NY-23’s Aftermath: One More Vote For Health Care Reform (UPDATED)

Newly-elected Rep. Bill Owens says he will vote for the Democratic health care reform bill:

Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) can be counted on as a “yes” in this weekend’s expected vote on the House Democrats’ health care bill, announcing his support in a press release.

This legislation will reform the insurance industry and provide increased access to affordable healthcare without taxing healthcare benefits, cutting Medicare benefits or raising taxes on the middle class, and that is exactly the direction we need to go,” said Owens. “There are still changes I would like to make, including raising the payroll exemption for small businesses, but like I said last week, there is a fundamental need for reform and we must act with a sense of urgency.”

[Emphasis mine]

Let’s give credit where credit’s due–this vote for health care reform really belongs to Sarah Palin and the teabaggers.

Remember, Dede Scozzafava opposed health care reform; had conservatives simply supported her candidacy then they would be one vote closer to defeating health care reform today.

Instead, the right played petty political games and, as a result, the Democrats now have one more vote for health care reform. If the House succeeds in passing their legislation this weekend then the teabaggers will deserve some credit for helping to elect a pro-reform Democrat to Congress.

I wonder how it feels to have shot yourself in the foot this badly…

UPDATE: For the record, Owens came out and endorsed the House health care reform plan (public option and all) during an October 30th debate. So the voters of NY-23 knew exactly where Owens stood on health care reform when they voted to send him to Congress.