It’s “thumbs up” on the healthcare reform bill! But, what do you think of the last-minute promise about abortion?
The final vote hinged on that promise.
Last night, the House passed the Senate version of the healthcare reform bill. The vote was close: 219 Democrats voted for it, just 3 more than the minimum needed. Thirty four Democrats voted against it. Of course, all Republicans voted against it. The Democrats won the deciding votes by cutting a last-minute deal concerning abortion. What do you think of it?
Bart Stupak of Michigan, one of several pro-life Democrats who strongly opposed the bill, was persuaded to switch his vote after he received assurances about the abortion issue. Stupak is a member of Democrats for Life of America, an organization devoted to reforming politics from the left by making it pro-life. He had co-sponsored an amendment to the healthcare reform bill that would have prohibited the use of federal money for abortions.
What makes this interesting is that Stupak voted for a bill that does not include the language he wants. He voted “yes” on a promise from Obama. According to a White House statement, issued Sunday:
“Today, the President announced that he will be issuing an executive order after the passage of the health insurance reform law that will reaffirm its consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion.
“While the legislation as written maintains current law, the executive order provides additional safeguards to ensure that the status quo is upheld and enforced, and that the health care legislation’s restrictions against the public funding of abortions cannot be circumvented.
How do you feel about our new healthcare legislation?