U.S. Representative Jim Cooper (TN-05) praised the signing of the health care bill by President Obama earlier today. On Sunday, March 21st, Cooper voted for comprehensive health care reform, which passed the House with a vote of 219-212. Cooper was invited to attend the signing at the White House.
"This is a good bill and a defining moment for our country. Folks back home sent me here to do what is right for our country, not what is temporarily popular. That's what my 90-year-old mother taught me long ago, and I think that is what every Tennessee family wants for this, the greatest country in the world."
Cooper has long been considered one of the experts on health care reform in Congress. Cooper's floor statement on the health care bill was inserted into the Congressional Record is available online. Because of his knowledge on the subject, and his commitment to reform, he was invited to the bipartisan White House meeting on health care in February. A video of his statement at the meeting is available here. Cooper has been advocating for health care reform for nearly two decades and has taught health care policy at Vanderbilt's business school for more than 12 years.