February 23rd, 2010
10:57 AM ET
13 years ago

Stupak not happy with Obama's health care proposal

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/23/art.stupak.0222.gi.jpg caption="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. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Dang man this is going on longer then water gate you government doctors have done lost your patients from no desicions and no actions maybe you guys should stick to being mayors .

    February 23, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. j

    Stupak belongs with the Conservatives and tea baggers. He's not smart enough to be a Democrat.

    February 23, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    Here we go again with "Stupid Stupak" and his bunch of "Under Cover Republicans" hell bent of stopping health care reform. I was always of the opinion that If I pay you my money in exchange for your goods and or services that your goods then become my property to do with as I please. Once I accept your money in exchange for my goods, I no longer had control of how my former goods are handled. That having been said, Stupak is saying that after the government spends it's funds for services and the Insurance companies take possession of the money, the government can still have control over how the money that is no longer the government's money is spent.

    While I am not taking sides on either side of the abortion issue, the Stupak thought proccess just doesn't hold water.

    February 23, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. rob

    Bart Stupak is a Partisan Hack, all he wants to do is obstruct President Obama and the Dems who only want to help the American people deal with their Health Care. Washington is broken, just watch CNN's special about how the two sides can't come together to solve the countries problems.


    February 23, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC


    What else is new? The abortion issue was settled decades ago and so was the non-federal funding of it. Trying to inject an abortion debate into healthcare reform is absurd and irrelevant.

    We need real healthcare reform passed with or without Republicans -most likely it will be without since they do not want any reform, have no healthcare plan as we will all see on Thursday, and are being paid millions of dollars apiece from their insurance company buddies to kill all reform.

    Republicans have said "to hell with the needs of the People" all year. They are corporate supporters and will never stand up for working America like the Democratic Party always has. Republicans have just introduced legislation to eliminate Medicare and Social Security? Think they care about you now?

    Abortion needs to be labeled irrelevant to this healthcare bill and tabled. Men who still want to make decisions for women should be removed from office.

    February 23, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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