March 4th, 2010
10:13 AM ET
12 years ago

Stupak prepared to vote no on health care

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Bart Stupak said Thursday he will vote no on health care reform if abortion language is not altered."]Washington (CNN) - Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak says he will bring down the final health care bill if abortion language isn't modified.

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Stupak said he wants to see health care reform pass, but that some of the provisions in the Senate bill are unacceptable.

"The bill that they are using as the vehicle is the Senate bill. If you go to page 2069 through page 2078, you would find in there the federal government would directly subsidize abortions ... We're not going to vote for this bill with that kind of language in there."

The House narrowly passed its version of health care reform only after Stupak's abortion language was adopted.

When asked if he was willing to live with the consequences of bringing down the bill, Stupak said, "Yes, we're prepared to take responsibility. I mean, I've been catching it ever since last fall. I mean let's face it, I want to see health care. But we're not going to bypass some principles and beliefs that we feel strongly about."

Stupak is part of a larger coalition of House Democrats that favor modifying the Senate bill. When the House voted for health care reform, 64 Democrats voted for the Stupak amendment in a separate vote.

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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. bts

    Does that include no public funding for abortion of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest too?

    March 4, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. gt

    a true american hang tough...

    March 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. pat c.

    the progressives in this country need to band together an help to get rid of this republican in disquise. this is why the dems can get nothing done for americans. such a shame. we voted for change not this gridlock we are seeing in our own party.

    March 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Equality for all

    Abortion is a legal medical procedure, protected by the Constitution's right to privacy. Most women don't choose it arbitrarily, or use it as a casual means of birth control. It is a difficult and painful choice that is no one's business but the woman whose body it involves. If you don't feel abortion is right, don't have one. But it should not be up to anyone but a woman, her physician, as to what sort of medical procedure is needed! Stupak wants to make it impossible for anyone to have medical insurance that covers abortions. That is just wrong.

    March 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Laverne

    I am sick of these republicans disguised as democrats! If you want to stand with republicans on this then you need to be prepared to stand with him from now. It is baffling how these same people are against a women's right to choose, but support capital punishment. A killing is a killing no matter how you look at it. At the end of the day, this is really about taking away women's rights and it is not a moral issue for them, afterall they can't have babies!

    March 4, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Party Like It's 1965

    He has the option to vote however he likes.

    The rest of the Democrats have the option to oppose any legislation that would benefit his constituents and the President has the option not to sign legislation that benefits his district.

    This man Stupak is an idealogue that would torpedo his party's signature legistlative initiative. Someone needs to help him see the bigger picture.

    Rahme – BO .... where are you Mr. Tough Guy?

    I hope we see President Obama act like President Johnson ... taking names and kicking butt.

    March 4, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Repugnants are Taliban

    This man just needs to come out and admity he is a Repugliban in disguise so everyone knows he is just another one of the useless of the Party of No

    March 4, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Biased

    Thank you for standing up for your principles. Just remember no one would be in this spot and the bill would not have passed the Senate if Reid had not bribed Senators to get their yes vote such as the money to Vermont, the money to Louisiana, the money for Florida and Michigan and some other states with seniors and especially the funds to Nebraska forever at the expense of all other states having to pay extra taxes to cover Nebraska's shortfall.

    March 4, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Mike in MN

    Republicans pointed out that the bill used federal funds to pay for aortiions in the summit also. Pelosi then made a big deal out of saying that is not true and wanted to make sure the veiwing audience knew that. I knew it was a bold face lie as did anyone who has read the bill.
    I noticed Obama did not like it that Repulicans actually brought the 2700 page bill to the summit and did not like it when a couple of times Republicans referred to specific pages of the bill and talked about what was actually written in the bill. Obama did not like that and just wanted to talk about ideas, he said he did not want to get into the details of the bill. Obama knows the bill is full of crap and did not want anyone to read to the public what the bill really says, he just wanted people to hear what he and the Democrats say is in the bill, even if it is a lie.

    March 4, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Language dealing with abortion language? That's very meta. Have a nice day!

    March 4, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Mike in MN

    Pelosi said in the summit that the bill does not fund abortion. She in fact made a big deal about it. She lied. Half of what she says is a lie and the rest is just plain stupid.
    Republicans brought the 2700 page bill to the summit. This irritated Obama and when on a couple of times a Republican referred to what was written on specific pages of the bill, Obama said he did not want to get into the details of the bill. That is becasue the bill if full of a lot of crap he does not want the pubic to know about.

    March 4, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. dean h blythe

    Who is we?

    March 4, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    Stupak is as Stupak does.

    March 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Paul from Phoenix

    So, a Democrat is saying that Pelosi, Reid, and Obama are blatantly lying to the American people about this provision.

    Lets see this one get spun.

    I am pro choice, but I also believe my tax dollars should NOT be going towards funding abortion. If people want to take on this elective procedure, they can do it on their own dime.

    March 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. al in memphis

    God gives us the privlidge of choice. That does not mean God approves our choices. This abortion debate is about the choice people make, and no laws in place is going to make the only living creature walking the face of the earth that kills its young before birth make a better decision.

    The real substance is that there is a system of " information control" in place that prevent the general public from getting accurate information. I've heard numerous time that aborton would not be funded and that a person would have to pay out of their own pocket to make that choice. Now, we are hearing that is not the case. Politican uses the stateement " The American people have a right to know" only when it's a tool for poltical mind control.

    This political atmosphere really does make me think we live in the most powerful and technological advance nation in the world. We are just pawns for the rich and infuential.

    March 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Texas Jack

    Here is another idiot. Medicare far outweighs the need of help than abotion does. Get these OBAMA people out of office.

    March 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. christopher (hartford, ct)

    This is why the Dems can't get anything done. They never had a super-majority b/c each one of them has their own stupid ideas and aren't willing to compromise or vote in unison to achieve the party's goals. I'm not a fan of the way that the GOP has essentially withdrawn from gov't by being obstructionist, but you definitely have to give them credit for being unified.

    March 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. R Powell

    I can't believe that a US congressman would put abortion ahead of providing healthcare coverage to millions of Americas and extending the life of medicare for ten more years. By the way the law of the land is that no federal funds can be used for abortions. Why don't you display the language so we can see it and Media, why don't you do some real investigative reporting and let us know if this claim has any merit.

    March 4, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. let's be wise

    oh no, here we go again: dem senators making demands, making themselves look stupid and the process a long drawn-out one. The filibuster proof majority was lost because of guys like Stupak. Cannot blame the GOP for obstructionists within your own party.

    Sometimes Mr.President, you just can't get everyone to agree with you, so you should bypass those who try to set up roadblocks that are meant to move you backwards, away from progress.

    March 4, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Bjoerlingfan

    I've got news for you: it's a legal medical procedure.

    March 4, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. lilacluvr

    I wonder if this is what his fellow Republican C Streeters have told him to say? Birds of a feather, flock together.

    March 4, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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