In the days before the vote, nearly all the delegates who voted for Cain either said or heard someone else say this: "I love Herman Cain, but he can't get elected." The assumption that Cain can't win the Republican nomination was a serious obstacle in their minds. But at some point late Friday and early Saturday, the delegates overcame that obstacle. Some concluded that since they had heard so many people speak well of Cain, he could indeed win, if everyone who liked him would actually vote for him.Now that's interesting.
UPDATE: Here is the video of Mr. Cain's remarks on health care at the recent debate.
I remember reading some posts by left-leaning writers, which I can't seem to find now, that pointed to these very remarks from the debate as the ones that made them angriest. Their point, as I recall, was that nothing in Obama's plan would put a bureaucrat between you and your doctor. I assume they believe this is true because the letter of the law does not do so.
However, it's hard to see how the plan avoids triggering the consequence, even if it does not state that it will do so.