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. Caesar the Great

    If you go to page 2069 through page 2078??? Anyone else think that something this complicated is a good thing. Here I'll save some trees.

    Pre-Existing conditions can no longer be applied.
    All Americans must obtain health coverage.
    All illegal immigrants need to be extradited to their country of origin.

    Three sentances and I just save the country trillions of dollars, see how simple that was Congress?

    March 4, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Lock & Load

    Hey Bart, you're on the "Get the Boot" list.

    March 4, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Its unfortunate that Representative Stupak has decided to launch an full-front attack on the ability of women to get access to a legal medical procedure that may, in fact, be necessary for her health or her very survival.

    I would encourage all residents of his district to encourage him to stop his attack on women's health.

    March 4, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. maine liberal

    "I mean" lets kill the bill over a few million in abortion coverage. I mean lets kill the bill for every one who needs coverage. I mean lets kill the bill over one provision that impacts only 1 percent of women.

    I mean lets go with the republicans.

    March 4, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I'm sick to death of abortion as a political topic.... it's not a political topic, it's a personal choice.

    March 4, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. GI Joe

    A Democrat Bunning. There's at least one nutjob on every single interview these days. Makes me want to watch Mash re-runs.

    March 4, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Truth Matters

    Pres. Obama himself opposed the use of reconciliation for HCR.

    March 4, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Ben

    At least one democrat is sticking to his principles. Good for him.

    March 4, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. JohnRJ08

    There is no rule or law which says that elected officials have to be smart or not be morons. Bart "Simpson" Stupak is living proof of that fact. Stupak is trying to undermine the viability of Roe vs Wade by creating a law that forbids any insurance company or participant in the insurance exchange from covering elective abortions, even if the policy holder is paying for the procedure. For all intents and purposes, this would result in all insurance companies dropping coverage of abortion, which would be a de facto ban on abortions. The irony is that Stupak's position will not prevent a single abortion. All it will do is bring down health care reform and he knows it. Then again, maybe he's too stupid to know it.

    March 4, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. USN

    OK SOOOO how much do you want ? Barry has lots of money to give away.

    March 4, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Pepou

    Ge a life Stupak or join the GOP, you have no place in the democratic party.

    March 4, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. chill

    You know darn well that if you change the Senate bill then YOU have killed healthcare reform. It will not get back throught the Senate as a whoel and it can't be dealt with through reconciliation. Frankly, I don't care which version of the language is enacted, because it will have no PRACTICAL effect on the number of abortions that occur. And I wouldn't sell those people who will die for lack of insurance down the river so that you can feel justified even though you have not prevented one abortion.

    March 4, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. gary

    This guy is probably listening to his constituents very closely, and probably has a tough re-election battle coming up. Very wise move.

    March 4, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Duck Fallas

    Why doesn't PETA go after him for keeping that poor animal on his head?

    March 4, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    Thank God for at least SOME reasonable democrats.

    NO TAX DOLLARS SHOULD EVER FUND ABORTION. Those who think otherwise have NO regard for other people's beliefs.

    March 4, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Paul Abeln

    HRC is not an abortion bill. Mr. Stupak, like all self-righteous politicians, wants to impose his own religious beliefs on all others. Abortion is a legal medical procedure in the US. The HRC bill does not change anything about abortion. But clueless politicians like Mr. Stupak think every piece of legislation is about abortion. When will American politicians separate religion from politics? Oh, that would take some intelligence, which apparently is in short supply when it comes to Americans in general.

    March 4, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Jeff in Houston

    Oh yeah, lets hold up something so desperately needed, something that could save the suffering of so many, just to placate a primitive that refuses to join the 21st century. With people like Stupak in government, we deserve to fall.

    March 4, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Ken in NC

    Doesn't Bart Stupid (YES I SPELLED IT RIGHT) realize that if they do not vote to pass the Senate bill then they cannot Reconcille it later with 51 votes? If he forces changes to it then the entire debating process would be opened again and 60 votes would be required which he knows is impossible now. I suspect that he never wanted to see a Health Care Bill in the first place.

    March 4, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Ethan

    Get YOUR church out of MY government.

    March 4, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Mike

    Keep going Mr. Stupak we support you in Missouri. How can we have Health Care if we can't even save the unborn.

    March 4, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. j

    I'm in favor of voting Stupak out of the House.

    March 4, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. haren

    Congressman enough of you worrying about unborn start worrying about 45000 people who are killed by not having health care.
    Michigan voters get rid of this guy in November election.

    March 4, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Liz

    So this ignoramus is willing to let 40,000 real people a year die so he can protect potential people. government should have absolutely no say in abortion! when this MAN grows a uterus, then he'll have a say about abortion!

    March 4, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. donttreadonme

    This is bull stop hiding behind abortion and admit that you just don't like Obama's bill. This is all political cat and mouse the dems now have a fallback position (political cover) to say abortion and those Pro-life nuts killed the health bill when we all know that this bill will hurt the majority not help.

    March 4, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. diridi

    whoever says no just take these idiots, thugs, and bribe mongers out of senate....fix term limits to these thugs...ok....and pass this nation's direly needed health care legislation....these idiots do not know lack of health care....let these thugs, idiots face it...practically....

    March 4, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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