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. beth

    You are a loser, Stupak. What if a woman has three children at home and has been told that if she carries her baby full term she will die...still no health care coverage for an abortion...I'm glad that you are able to sit back and make decisions for other peoples' families.

    March 4, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Obama Victim

    ObamaCare....................R I P

    March 4, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. DH Mid MI

    Go Bart!

    March 4, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Sherri

    I hope he changes his mind! This is not a abortion bill- please vote yes on health care reform.

    March 4, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Josiah Belflower

    Good for him. It's morally reprehensible for the government to force taxpayers to support abortions as long as people can have the procedure done out of convenience.

    March 4, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    It really doesn't matter, Mr. Stupak. For every vote this disaster of a bill loses as a result of your amendment, Obama will buy off another congressperson to change their vote. Didn't you hear? Some congressman's brother just got a judgeship. It's the Chicago way.

    March 4, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Enough

    good, now we just need a few more with an ounce of common sense to vote against this crappy health care bill............start over with real health care reform. Obama would rather shove this crap down our throats than do it right.

    March 4, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Sue

    Sooooooooooo................Obama, Pelosi, Reid are even telling lies to other Democrats!!!...........

    Yet, they expect citizens/voters to believe all of their "claims" regarding this health care disaster!!!

    The Republicans need to hit this hard..............."How can citizens/voters believe anything that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are saying regarding this health care disaster-–when even their own Party members do not believe what they are saying".

    March 4, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Johnny DC

    This must somehow be Bush and Cheney's fault, right Libs?

    March 4, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Wanda

    Great to see someone in Washington that doesn't think those of us that don't believe in abortion should have our tax money paying for abortions. We live in a time now that it isn't what the majority think but the favors for those that are indebted to "special interst groups" that matter. Health care isn't about killing babies because you don't want them it is about helping hurting families afford to go to the doctor. Our president seems to lean toward the most liberal ideas that are out there. Hopefully at the next elections there will be some major changes. Remember this guy's name. Don't vote Republican or Democrat. Vote for values/morals.

    March 4, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. T

    I think the senators who vote against the healthcare bill should have their own government provided healthcare revoked and their medicare for themselves and their immediate families revoked permanently. They are either against government managed healthcare or they are for it, they can't have both.....

    March 4, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Dano

    Why are people so hung up on abortion? Just like cigarettes, alcohol, and guns it is a legal "product" even though many people disagree with some or all of them. All of these things can be said to kill people, but there is no concerted drive to abolish any them except abortion. I personally find it distasteful but support a woman's right to choose what happens in her body. It seems like abortion foes care about fetuses but once a person is born you're on your own.

    March 4, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Now who is obstructing?

    Hmmm, I wonder if all the people calling the Republicans Obstructionist; and those who blame the Republicans for the non passage of ObamaCare will now see.
    Pelosi, Reid and Obama can not even get thier own party to vote for this god awful bill.

    Speaking of non passage of this bill, maybe Dems really need to step back, and really look at the polls. Almost all of the respectable polls being done say the voters do NOT want THIS bill. They want Health Care reform, yes, but not this garbage Ried and Pelosi have fabricated.

    I hope the Democrats THEMSELVES drop this ball and maybe then, and only then the Obama supporters will then realize, thier man is NOT a leader. He can not even rally his own party, excpet the radical left wing liberals.

    March 4, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Joseph

    Go Bart! We Michiganians are proud of you!

    March 4, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Josh

    Why don't this clown join the Party Of NO?

    March 4, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. John

    Mr. Stupak;
    So it's ok if already born persons die due to lack of health coverage???
    If you really care about the health and well being of all you might consider passing the bill then work at modifing the bill after the people without insurance coverage have some coverage so fewer will die.
    This goes to all who want their way because of the abortion wording.

    March 4, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. georgia

    Abortion is legal, yes? You know, I don't like the death penalty and would like none of my tax dollars to fund or support it, even though it is legal and other people support it. Let's all just pick and choose what the government can do with our tax sumbissions.

    March 4, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Stupak is Stupid. Abortion is LEGAL and is a MEDICAL procedure. Stupak and the rest of the rightwing [R] baboons trying to ram their dogma down our throats at the expense of our national health is just pathetic. CHOICE: Stupak and the babboons can choose to do what they like within their own families, and I want the same choice to help give the women in my family the best medical care possible.

    All this rightwing drama about abortion in the new health care bill is nothing short of purposeful stupidity and more deflection to "make Obama fail", at any cost to the nation.

    March 4, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Pat in Omaha

    Stupak or stupid?

    March 4, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Who are the "WE" he is talking about. He is willing to sacrifice thousands for his "principles" Sounds a little disingenuous.
    His religion has no place in politics. I hope his constituents turn him out in the fall. The "C" street crowd live by a dual standard.

    March 4, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Mike, Palo Alto, CA

    Mr. Stupak's position on the Health Care bill is an absolute outrage. He would deny Americans this badly needed legislation to preserve his believe that he has a right to impose his religious beliefs that oppose abortion on everyone. This Health Care bill already suffers from the limitations of the Hyde Amendment ... Stupak is trying to use the need for health care to extend those restrictions. We can suppose that, in his view, woman whose life would be at risk if she carried an embryo to term doesn't have a health issue. What would he say to that woman?

    March 4, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Chas in Iowa

    Let the next Bunning take the stage.

    March 4, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. jm for sc

    Stupak, as a fellow Democrat, why can't you all work out that particular obstacle rather than every thing being discussed on a platform. That should have been brought up in the Summit a week ago.

    The government should not pay any part for an abortion unless a fetus has to be aborted to save the mother's life. Otherwise abortions should be paid for by the individuals seeking the services.

    March 4, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. vs

    It is time to replace Stupak and other blue dog Taliban wannabees with people who have the interests of all Americans.

    March 4, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Sam Sixpack

    Do you know how they will get that 1/2 trillion out of Medicare?

    As Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Obama's special advisor on health care, put it:

    "services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

    After they pull the plug on your grandmother, you think they will give any of that money to you?


    March 4, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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