“We got more than what we thought we’d get” – Rep. Bart Stupak (via C-SPAN)
That says it all, now doesn’t it?
Because of the limits placed on the exchanges, most of the participants will have some form of premium credit or affordable subsidy. That means most will be ineligible for abortion coverage. The idea that people are going to go out and purchase separate “abortion plans” is both cruel and laughable. If this amendment passes, it will mean that virtually all women with insurance through the exchange who find themselves in the unwanted and unexpected position of needing to terminate a pregnancy will not have coverage for the procedure. Abortion coverage will not be outlawed in this country. It will simply be tiered, reserved for those rich enough to afford insurance themselves or lucky enough to receive from their employers. – Ezra Klein
All of my life I waited for a female Democratic Speaker of the House, and it is under Nancy Pelosi that women’s rights have been bargained away. This epic failure under Speaker Pelosi is breathtaking. Ignoring the civil rights of women across this country, health care has passed the House 220 yeas, 215 nays.
After all the work she did over months, it comes to this: selling out women’s civil rights for a health care bill that doesn’t even have a robust public option. I watched Mrs. Pelosi from a room inside the Capitol the day she was sworn in excited as history was made. Never thought her leadership would be reduced to this monumental incompetence.
Democrats in the House should have killed this bill.
Let’s hope the Democrats in the Senate can’t stomach Pelosi’s poison, so that it fails in conference, because if this is included in a bill that becomes law I wouldn’t blame every single feminist, male and female, if they all registered independent.
Realizing that Rep. Stupak had the votes in committee to kill the bill outright, it always seemed clear to me he never had any intention of allowing that to happen, so instead he played the leadership like a rock star with a virgin.
The Democrats who voted for Stupak: Altmire, Baca, Barrow, Berry, Bishop (GA), Boccieri, Boren, Bright, Cardoza, Carney, Chandler, Childers, Cooper, Costa, Costello, Cuellar, Dahlkemper, Davis (AL), Davis (TN), Donnelly (IN), Doyle, Driehaus, Ellsworth, Etheridge, Gordon (TN), Griffith, Hill, Holden, Kanjorski, Kaptur, Kildee, Langevin, Lipinski, Lynch, Marshall, Matheson, McIntyre, Melancon, Michaud, Mollohan, Murtha, Neal (MA), Oberstar, Obey, Ortiz, Perriello, Peterson, Pomeroy, Rahall, Reyes, Rodriguez, Ross, Ryan (OH), Salazar, Shuler, Skelton, Snyder, Space, Spratt, Stupak, Tanner, Taylor, Teague, Wilson (OH)
So, why is this woman smiling?
It’s up to Harry Reid and the Senate now. Ice cold comfort as things stand tonight.
Oh, and of course Pres. Obama. We all know how hard he’ll work to get Stupak’s amendment stripped, right?