As President Obama prepares to sign the health care overhaul into law Tuesday, both parties are looking ahead to November’s midterms. So we called up two members of Congress – one from each side of the aisle – who could face competitive re-election bids.
Click the LISTEN button to hear our Morning Edition segment, which has interviews with the two lawmakers.
Central Valley Democrat Dennis Cardoza represents a district that sprawls from southern Stockton to northern Fresno. He waited until the weekend to announce his support.
Cardoza: “I feel it’s one of the most significant, positive contributions I will make to the Central Valley during my career. 161,000 families in my congressional district will be helped by having affordable coverage.”
Republican Dan Lungren, who represents parts of the eastern Sacramento suburbs and Sierra foothills, says the American health care system does need reform, but called this bill “the wrong prescription.”
Lungren: “What we need to do is to go back and look at a different approach, which allows for greater competition and greater choice, and that would mean allowing people to purchase policies across state lines.”
California’s 53 members of Congress all voted along party lines in Sunday night’s health care vote.