February 23rd, 2010
10:57 AM ET
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Stupak not happy with Obama's health care proposal

Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak is unhappy with President Obama’s health care proposal.
Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak is unhappy with President Obama’s health care proposal.

(CNN) - As House Democrats worry about complaints from the left over President Obama's health care plan, Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak is sternly reminding the White House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi that abortion remains an unresolved, red hot issue on the right.

"Unfortunately, the president's proposal encompasses the Senate language allowing public funding of abortion," Stupak wrote in a statement released Tuesday morning.

He was unequivocal in the next line, saying, "The Senate language is a significant departure from current law and is unacceptable."

The House narrowly adopted its health care bill only after including Stupak's more conservative language on abortion funding. Some 64 Democrats voted for the Stupak amendment in a separate vote.

Stupak would block health care subsidies not only from directly funding abortions but also from supporting an individual to buy an insurance plan that covers abortion. The Senate and the president would also ban direct funding of abortions but would require insurers to wall off or separate the costs of abortions so that subsidized patients must pay for those with their own personal funds.

There is extensive debate over which measure best complies with current law limiting federal abortion funding and whether the Senate version does or does not allow public funding of abortion.

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Filed under: Bart Stupak • Health care • President Obama
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. David Lester

    And if the bill promised to give every citizen a million dollars, he would still reject it...because it exists. This bought-and-paid-for shill of the insurance companies (like 75% of Congress) will never allow a bill to pass. Traitors, toadys, and shills, every last one of them.

    February 23, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Minnesotan

    I'm sick to death of politicians playing partisan football with Abortion. The government should have NO SAY in what a woman does. The religious nuts should have NO SAY in what a woman does. And I'm disgusted how the Republicans push "less government" and "personal freedom" when they want to regulate every woman's womb. What a bunch of lying hypocrites.

    February 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Independent

    This is not a Stupak-only bill, which would allow his federal overreach into private plans where it does not belong.

    The Senate compromise is more reasonable to strengthen the Hyde Amendment while allowing states the right to regulate their own decisions on this issue, where it belongs.

    February 23, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Tom B

    Pelosi needs to strip this man of any power at all he holds in the House if he does not get in line.

    Perhaps we should block all funding of Viagra and other lifestyle drugs. How would the self-interested old men in Congress feel about such a move? Unconstitutional!!! But tell a woman what she can or cannot do – that's just fine... Stupak's last two letters should be id

    February 23, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Jeff in Houston

    Are you sure you got the spelling of his name correct?

    Anyway, this is all so old and tiresome.

    It comes down to this: We force animals to breed, not humans. By forcing a woman to have a child against her will reduces her to the status of a cow. No man, not even a husband, no government, no society has the right to reduce a human being down to that level.

    Now, lets sit back and watch a group of backward primitives do their best to drag us back to the stone age. And they will likley win.

    We will deserve the world they build for us. Pathetic.

    February 23, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Pepou

    Stupak is stupid. And a dangerous individual who wants to deny basic rights for women. Shame, shame, shame. Meanwhile health reform is stuck and millions are dying.

    February 23, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. theotherguy

    I think that if a woman wants to have an abortion because she and her play date acted stupidly, then they should pay for it themselves. I don't believe in aborting innocent babies, but I know there are people who do and I should not have to pay for their mistakes.

    February 23, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Jackalope

    Time to retire Stupak and let him buy his own health insurance!

    February 23, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. stormerF

    Your going to have health care,you might not have a job to buy food,clothes,make your house or car payment,but by god your going to have health care,even if Obama has to ram it down your throat.. Have the Democrats lost their frickin minds? Why do they keep this pretense of health care up when the American People said they do not want this crapola bill?

    February 23, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Time to put up or shut up. Either vote for it or against it. Deal with the consequences.

    February 23, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Jeff in Virginia

    Stupak would prefer that women engage in dangerous back-alley coat hanger abortions.

    That is the cold-hard reality.

    February 23, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. John in Tampa

    For the sake of simplicity and passing SOME bill, abortion and abortion funding should in no way be changed by a healthcare bill.

    February 23, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Mark

    The only federally funded abortions should be given to the babymamas who have child after illegitimate child to get a bigger check from the government.
    If you have one child that you won't work to take care of you can have no more unless you can prove you have the financial means to take care of that child. If the mother won't get a job the child should be placed for adoption.
    We are tired of our tax money paying for babymamas living on the government teat for a lifetime.

    February 23, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Jane/Seattle

    It is my intuitive view that very few of them alll really want reform. If they did, they'd regulate, control, write a GOOD BRIEF BILL AND PASS IT. If we had the public option, which is desperately required for the people, WHO would PAY for so many of their Election campaigns?!!!

    If we had some real ethics up there in D.C., all the bailouts could have went for job creation and retraining for those who became unemployed as the RESULT of UNETHICAL CAPITALISM. When the rules get broken to support those who fail, it sends a message to We The People and that message is that We do Not matter to these wealthy Oligarchs!

    February 23, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. rob

    Stupak is Stupid, and wrong.

    February 23, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. File under "Sarcasm"

    I hope Stupak and his colleagues are more principled than Senate Democrats such as Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu and that this is not just a bargaining chip to get a some pork for Michigan.

    February 23, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Brenda

    Oh shut-up idiot. MYOB

    February 23, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. bob

    He should be outraged at the whole proposal. Taking the worst of two bad bills and combining them. Notice the proposed plan got even sweeter for the main supporters of the Democratic party-the unions. How about treating everyone equally? Oh I forgot that is not what "Change we can believe in" is all about. It is just repackaging and renaming all the tired old democratic party initiatives.

    The polls all show the majority of the public was against these health care plans dreamed up by the democrats. What is it going to take to make them listen?

    February 23, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Jerry - Florida

    Wow!!! About time a Democrat with "cojones" stood up and said what was on his mind.

    Somehow I knew we still had some independent thinking Democrats within our party.

    Go Representative Stupak!!!

    Stay tuned. We will be hearing from other independent thinking Democrats in the near future.

    February 23, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Fitz in Texas

    Well, there's 78% of Americans that are not happy with Obamacare, in fact I wouldn't be surprised in the very near future that 78% of Americans will not be happy with Obama and his administration.

    February 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    "Stupak would block health care subsidies not only from directly funding abortions but also from supporting an individual to buy an insurance plan that covers abortion." Way too far Bart. Understand (but don't agree) with not wanting to subsidize a woman's right to choose, but to deny her health care for even considering a plan that offers a choice is dead wrong. Smacks of the Evangelical pharmacist who declined to fill a woman's birth control prescription and further denied her the right to transfer her doctor's prescription to another pharmacy. Wrong wrong wrong.

    February 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Tom in Delaware

    Stupak's not alone either, everyone I talk to hates Obama's (i.e. The Senate's) plan.

    With the Bush Tax Cuts set to expire at the end of the year and the uncertainty of having to pay Health Care costs, is it any wonder that business's aren't hiring?

    Time to give it up Obama....stop hurting America.

    February 23, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. desertique

    He's a male. Get him out of female reproductive rights!! He has no right to our bodies, to our health care and to our lives as women.

    February 23, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Joanna in PA

    Hey Bart, until YOU have a uterus sir, and there are no children living in poverty, no children in foster care,stay out of our reproductive rights and privacy! Do you have any adopted children??
    You all fight for fetuses right, but after they are born, you leave them in the cold. Some of your people actually equate them to stray animals!!! Enough said!!!

    February 23, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    Typical old white wealthy man.

    Take away women't rights, cut taxes for the wealthy.

    Ho Hum.

    February 23, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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