Bart Stupak on his support for the health care law

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) has an op-ed piece in today’s Washington Post on his support for the federal health care law. Read the entire thing here.

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, a Democrat from Michigan. (NYT)

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, a Democrat from Michigan. (NYT)

But this is the meat:

Many of my Democratic pro-life colleagues and I worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the final House vote on health-care reform to strengthen the legislation’s restrictions on abortion funding. We proposed numerous procedural and legislative options, but ultimately all of our efforts required the 60 votes we could not obtain in the Senate.

Once it was clear that the House leadership would eventually obtain the 216 votes necessary to pass health-care reform, I was left with a choice: vote against the bill and watch it become law with no further protections for life or reach an agreement that prevents federal funding for abortions.

Therefore, I and other pro-life Democrats struck an agreement with President Obama to issue an executive order that would ensure all Hyde Amendment protections would apply to the health-care reform bill. No, an executive order is not as strong as the statutory language we fought for at the start. We received, however, an “ironclad” commitment from the president that no taxpayer dollars will be used to pay for abortions.

Throughout history, executive orders have carried the full force and effect of law and have served as an important means of implementing public policy. Perhaps the most famous executive order was the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

More recently, in 2007, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13435 restricting embryonic stem-cell research. This executive order protected the sanctity of life and was “applauded” and “welcomed” by pro-life advocates. That these same people would now claim that President Obama’s executive order maintaining the sanctity of life is not worth the paper it is written on is disingenuous at best.

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33 comments Add your comment

Twits

March 26th, 2010
3:48 pm

LIAR. Fire the Fraud. What was his kickback? Without his 7 votes, this bad legislation would have DIED. Fire them . Term Limits are needed for the high and mighty who pretend to serve us.

Twits

March 26th, 2010
3:49 pm

Rufus

March 26th, 2010
3:56 pm

As easily as signed the executive order to prevent federal funding of abortion, he can just as easily sign one overriding the first. Hey Bart, can you spell “sucker?”

Byron Mathison Kerr

March 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

Disingenuous. That seems to well describe so many of the antics propagated by health care reform opponents.

tyler durden

March 26th, 2010
4:02 pm

While I disagree with his stance, it shocks me me how quickly his colleagues would turn on him. Basic decency, like common sense, seems to elude the current leaders of the GOP movement.

The Liptonites are running the show, and does anyone honestly think the current ‘all or nothing’ mindset will win hearts or votes in November?

Ward

March 26th, 2010
4:02 pm

A perfect model in fence-straddling. Vote the b@stard out.

Williebkind

March 26th, 2010
4:31 pm

I saw him on tv. I really understand now how people could lose control after hearing what he had to say. All the remarks about southerners, country hicks, crackers, and so on should get apologies immediately. This man is not what we need in Washington.

Mugwump

March 26th, 2010
4:58 pm

It depends on which side of the fence you are looking from. Doesn’t it?

South GA Conservative

March 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

Tyler, the “Liptonites”, as you call them, were figuratively told to drop dead when the dems passed this thing despite its clear opposition by a majority of the people.

Stupak CAVED, pure and simple. I am very curious to learn whether the Dems bought him or threatened him. I hope we will eventually know.

Righteous fury toward him is appropriate. He painted himself as being grounded in principle and then threw those principles out of the window. He did enjoy the limelight, though, didn’t he.

Chas

March 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

All this talk about health care health care reform on TV reminds me of TV “preachers” who used the following technique to get a point across. IT WAS AND STILL IS YELL LIKE HELL ARGUEMENT WEAK

DannyX

March 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

“All the remarks about southerners, country hicks, crackers, and so on should get apologies immediately.”

Ummmmm…..proof?????? Are we to believe that there were a bunch of southerners, country hicks, and crackers, that somewhere tried to make their way through a big crowd of black people?

You cowards would have crossed the street!

Mom

March 26th, 2010
5:41 pm

I really don’t understand why the anti abortion bunch call themselves pro life, they sure are not.

Bill Orvis White

March 26th, 2010
5:53 pm

Stupak Shakur is a fraud and anti-life.

JL

March 26th, 2010
6:05 pm

Mom, from another mom seconded.

lovesheather

March 26th, 2010
6:12 pm

I really only care if it makes heather happy… cause then Tommy is happy!

Ironwood

March 26th, 2010
6:15 pm

Rep.Stupak worked tirelessly on restricting abortion. You don’t believe me? Just read the above ob-ed piece he wrote himself above. He did. And then he struck a deal with Obama. Thank you Obama!!

dgroy

March 26th, 2010
6:46 pm

That’s BS……the White House Mafia Thugs either dug up something to hold over his head or they paid him off……period. It’s a shame and a disgrace that we have people like him in positions of authority in our government…….remember, November 2, 2010…..get out and vote people like him out.

Don

March 26th, 2010
6:58 pm

What 7 votes? The 10 – 9 -8 – 7 votes that he said he had, except he couldn’t name them and they wouldn’t take credit? He didn’t have the votes. And, as, Galloway points out, Bush’s executive orders are sacrosanct, Obama’s are written on toilet paper. Give it up. Republicans lost, and they will lose again in November. Don’t think so? Obama’s approval rating went up 5 points on sunday, before the vote. Was that because people thought that it would fail? Also, since the vote, polls show that 50% of people are happy with the passage, 40% aren’t. We won the election, we won this vote, we will win again. The republican plan to build a permanent republican majority has created a long term democratic majority.

Danny X

March 26th, 2010
7:05 pm

Does anyone remember the death threats that Stupak got form those on the left before he betrayed his beliefs and voted for the bill that 60 +% of the country hates. The democrat party is so filled with intolerace and hate. OMG!!!!!

Dr. Aborto

March 26th, 2010
7:23 pm

I have high hopes that the Democrat Party will eventually abort its self into extinction.

Democrats love to kill babies.

March 26th, 2010
7:29 pm

The pro-babykilling movement is losing steam. For the first time in years a moajority of the country rejects the idea of killing babies because they are inconvienent for those that are irresponsible with their sex life.

DannyX

March 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

Lol Danny X, I am very flattered! Another variation could be …..LAX……

Liar Liar Pants On Fire

March 26th, 2010
7:45 pm

Come on Stupak, this kind of “the dog ate my homework” excuse is so weak. You caved. You sold out. Rep Nelson must have helped you come up with something so lame. Better get that resume updated.

Danny X's wife

March 26th, 2010
7:59 pm

I call him danny III.V(3.2) beacuse his member is tiny, like his pot/hooch soaked mind. Excuse Danny X (3.5 lol) he has small man’s syndrome.

really

March 26th, 2010
10:46 pm

folks. I am ashamed of you. You are the ones killing babies. Stupak voted yes after he got what he wanted; assurances that public money would not be spent on abortions. So, why are you still mad? The bill includes children with pre-existing conditions will not be denied health insurance–insurance that their parents pay the premiums–just like you do. Why would you deny a child’s parent the opportunity to keep their child alive by paying for health insurance for their ill children? You are no better than the abortion clinics–you proclaim is killing babies! No health insurance or medical care for children with pre-existing conditions is killing those babies you want to save. Do you really want children to die? Where is your heart? Do you realize we are already paying for these kids by higher hospital costs because they take their children to the emergency room instead of the doctor. First read up on the causes for the rising cost of health care. than read Matthew 25:35 WWJD?

Lola

March 26th, 2010
11:03 pm

@Republican,crazy Christian Rightsiders..”your Bible says a house divided cannot stand”…and “you can tell a tree by the fruit that it bears”. Stop thinking about abortions, most of those who choose to have one GLADLY pay their own money NOW. Duh that will never change. No matter how much you lobby and condemn, and judge. Oh by the way..you aren’t God so why do you judge? Hypocrites!

Tramp of Savannah

March 26th, 2010
11:41 pm

Since when did Democrats kill babies. Some people, are pro-lifers, others are pro-choice. Last time I checked, it was a woman’s right to choose. I know many Republican women who chose to abort an unwanted and/or unhealthy pregnancy. Ever heard of think before you speak?.?.?.?try thinking before you type!!!

Oh Please

March 27th, 2010
3:33 pm

“Since when did Democrats kill babies.” I would say that since Democrats couldn’t or wouldn’t get the Hyde ammendment through with Obamacare, that is a pretty good indication that the term pro-life Democrat is an oxymororn. When Democrats start talking about the rights of the unborn as much as least as much as they talk about a right to abort, then I’ll sit uop and take notice.

part of the plan

March 27th, 2010
3:50 pm

really doesnt matter who you call a winner or loser. washington is much like pro wrestling; they talk a good game in front of everyone and they all get in the same car to go out to eat together when the cameras are turned off. Ron Paul has got it right, all this hoopla is for nothing when the American government goes belly up from the deficit spending. The Continuity of Government (part of it in presidental directive PD 51) plan will suspend the US constitution. Lets see how sheeple likes our government then. Just hope the 3% will come through for us in the end.

Tramp of Savannah

March 27th, 2010
4:55 pm

@Oh Please! The hold-out with the bill, hence the reconciliation, was to include that federal funds via healthcare insurance, would in no way, shape or form be used for unwanted abortions. However, late term, when the mother’s life is threatened and/or the baby would have severe birth defects, then the insurance may be opted.

Let’s use some common sense. A political party does not kill babies. To tell a woman what she can and can not do with her body makes about as much sense as telling me what faith one should practice. Judge not lest ye be judged!!

part of the plan

March 27th, 2010
9:40 pm

Does anyone here think the Health care law will stay/meet its budget forcast?

stw

March 29th, 2010
12:52 pm

Are the dems that threatened Stupak before the vote the same ones who praised him afterwards ? He has the spine of a jellyfish. Will we eve know what he got for his vote ?

Toby Cash

March 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

You straddled the fence and do not have the b—s to admit it.