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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  1. opticecho

    This guy NEEDS to be voted out!!!

    March 4, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. John in MN

    Why did we allow a man of principle into Congress?

    March 4, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Quickedie

    Yet another corporatist Democrat looking for an excuse to vote against health care reform. My bet is he soon will receive a nice check by lobbyists of the insurance industry.
    Simple fact checking would reveal that he obviously is parroting a republican talking point that has been proven wrong in the past.

    March 4, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. JD

    Moral considerations of abortion aside, I find it ludicrous that anyone should have to pay for a clearly ELECTIVE SURGICAL PROCEDURE that could have been avoided if the people seeking said procedure had practiced a little personal responsibility before, during and after conception.

    Look, I have to pay out of pocket for my own wife's birth control. So why should I have to subsidize purely optional and elective procedures? It makes no sense and has no part in any "reform" bill.

    Bottom line: our government's subsidized enough irresponsibility as it is. Enough is enough. Either remove the abortion support from this legislation or abort the bill itself.

    March 4, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Thanks Bart for providing no hope for those with preconditions or those being forced to pay up to a 50% increase in premiums. Bart is as clueless as Bunning.

    March 4, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Dan

    The Hyde amendment already forbids federal dollars for abortions. Stupak just wants an excuse not to vote so he can continue raking in insurance industry campaign contributions.

    March 4, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. iyke

    This is health care bill,this is not abortion care bill,please take off abortion and pass this bill, Democrats listen to me if you pass this you will be in good shape,your ratings will go up,everybody knows that,Boehner, Mccain, Bachmann and republican they all knows that,thats why all you hear.all their ideas is just start over,American people dont like this bill, national debt, come on folks are u kiddin me,where was this people 4 the past 8 years,give me a break,this is big time politics,Democrat should make a bold move, pass health care and move to job,i bet u if they do this RNC wil be in trouble

    March 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. cjr

    We can only hope that his constitutents realize what a complete idiot this guy is – his views on abortion are arcane. must have a guilty past, but then he is part of the C Street Cult – full of guys who seem to really hate women. John Ensign – the governor from SC and a bunch of others.

    March 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Diana

    Hey Stupack, talk to Blanche Lincoln and see how well going against what's best for America works for you.

    March 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Mike

    This bill, like an unborn aborted fetus, is now dead.

    March 4, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Mr Stupak apparently has moral and philosophical objections to paying for abortions, but what about those of us who find it morally and philosophically repugnant to be required to pay any of the medical bills of total strangers?

    Stealing from working Americans to subsidise those too indolent, improvident, and irresponsible to see to their own affairs is just plain wrong.

    March 4, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    If this single issue is the reason Bartie is voting 'no,' he never had any intentions of supporting health reform.

    March 4, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Doug,lib jersey

    Rham and Obam gave this guy an example of what happens when you step out of line with the sociaist agenda, he should pay attention to David Patterson's punishment for not marching lock step. History shows how national socialists operate, this one called barak is no different.

    March 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Jackalope

    The Democrats would do well to replace this fool with someone who would better represent the people of Michigan.

    March 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Kat

    God bless you Mr. Stupak, for having the courage to stand up for unborn babies.

    March 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. A keen observer

    Stupak is just a misinformed or disingenuous Bible thumper trying to foist his beliefs on others. It would be nice if these radical christians would actually read the Bible and practice its teachings instead of twisting them to fit their preconceived ideas.

    March 4, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Thelma Morton

    thank you for standing up for the Americian public by voting no on Health care reform.

    March 4, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Robin in SC

    Everybody's a one man show.

    March 4, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Whatever his reason, I just want him to vote NO.

    March 4, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Jerry Alclaimey

    So what does Stupak want for his state? $300,000? $5M?? I'm sure Pelosi will promise anything to buy his vote.

    March 4, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. david, CA

    Conversely, Stupak ALSO said he's willing to vote YES for the bill if that language he objects to is removed, which is more likely the case.

    March 4, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Dean

    Praise the Lord. A bit of decency still remains in our government.

    March 4, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Anonymous

    How can this be an issue? It proposal either has or does not have abortion coverage. I fit does, for anything other than life-threatening or rape cases, then Rep Stupek should vote his conscience.
    If it is the same coverage already in place, as a spokesman for the Obama administration isnists, then he is just looking for an excuse.
    Either way- READ! VOTE! AND MOVE ON!

    March 4, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Sue

    I wonder how many Obama drones still believe that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid do not plan on letting millions of illegals get insurance coverage through Obamacare--with working, tax paying US citizens picking up the tab??

    The Republicans should start every single one of their rebuttals with the words-–"YOU LIE".

    This is the Blue Dogs giving Obama, Pelosi, and Reid the finger-–in the same manner as Evan Bayh.

    Obama has destroyed the Democratic Party in a little over a year. They are forcing out the moderate/sane Dems-–so that only the loony left liberals remain.

    Here is the problem in regard to the loony left liberals being the majority in the Democratic Party---Republicans won't support/vote for them. The majority of Independents won't support/vote for them. And, even moderate/sane Dems won't support/vote for them (they will just stay home during the elections).

    March 4, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Marcia Hartsock

    It's so sad that Stupak and friends are prepared to deny the whole country what is so desperately needed on the basis of language that is not needed. There is no provision federal funding for abortion currently in any of the healthcare plans. And the private plans that might include it? Well, it is the law of the land, after all. The healthcare debate should not be about abortion, it is a much bigger issue. Representative Stupak has adopted the modus operandus of the Republicans: politics above the health of the country.

    March 4, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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