As GOP makes hay, a few Dems weigh in

The influx of press releases from Republicans has been staggering over the last half an hour.

And even though many Democrats have been reticent to talk about the issue, a few of their candidates are having a go at it, as well.

Louisiana state Rep. Cedric Richmond faces the only Republican thought to be a potential crossover vote, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.), in a heavily Democratic district. Cao wound up voting in unison with his party.

Richmond defended the abortion agreement reached late Sunday and said Cao missed an opportunity. He also suggested Cao was bought off by party leaders.

“I am deeply disappointed that after being thrown a fundraiser by Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner the week before the vote, Congressman Cao went against the will and health of his district by joining Congressional Republicans in voting against this historic and urgent legislation to reform our country’s healthcare system," Richmond said.

Ann McLane Kuster, who is running for the competitive open seat left by Senate candidate Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), praised the bill's passage.

"Tonight the U.S. House of Representatives passed historic health care reform that will make a real difference for New Hampshire families and businesses," she said.

Physician Manan Trivedi, who was an early supporter of the healthcare bill and is running in a primary to face Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), played up his early support but said the bill needs work.

"“The bill that passed the House today is a good start, but I will work to make it better once I am in Congress,”  Trivedi said. "In my opinion, healthcare reform begins with this legislation, it does not end with this legislation."