Washington (CNN) – Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat who brokered an abortion deal with the White House to help secure passage of the landmark health care reform bill, predicted Friday that the heated rhetoric about the legislation will die down once Americans take the time to inspect the details.
Stupak told CNN's John King that he welcomes a healthy debate about the bill. But, he said "let's cut out the vitriol, the shrillness, the threats of violence against members and their families. We don't need that."
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He said his critics on the right, who accused him of caving to abortion rights supporters in his party, are trying to politicize the abortion issue.
"Those who stood with me on this issue, our goal was, again, protect the principle, the sanctity of life, but also pass health care," he said. "And those Tea Party folks know that."
"I wish they'd take a close look at the positive aspects of this health care legislation," he continued. "When they do, I think they'll see we've had some great consumer protections. We keep people from filing bankruptcy. We provide quality, affordable access to health care."
Stupak said that after the upcoming congressional recess, "things will calm down and let's start working on our jobs agenda and move this country forward."