Monday, March 1, 2010

Bart is back!

In the never-ending saga of the Democrats' healthcare "reform" package, a familiar character has resurfaced . . . Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak.  Stupak forced a provision into the House of Representatives' version prohibiting federal funding of abortion.  (Flashback to November here.)  No such provision is included in the Senate's version or the White House version.

So, where does that leave us?

Well, it leaves Stupak and other Pro-Life Democrats on the outside.  And it leaves them in opposition to the bill.  When asked whether he would vote for the current version currently being ramrodded through Congress, Stupak replied simply, "Nope."  Because of the abortion issue and other problems that he has with the current bill.  (Link to story here.)

And, though Stupak hasn't counted up the votes, he does not believe that there are enough for passage in the House.  And, according to this story at Politico, "[Nancy] Pelosi and other top House Democrats say publicly that they have the votes to push through a comprehensive package, but privately, they know they don't."

I'd be relieved if I truly believed that.  But, as things stand, this is good news.  But we'll have to wait and see.

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