Bart Stupak (D MI) Retiring After Swinging Health Care VotesApril 10th, 2010 - 1:40 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
Apr 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Michigan’s Democratic Representative, Bart Stupak has been called the key player in the vote on the Health Care Reform Bill, which many are saying passed against the will of the people. Since part of the whole foundation of America is to be a “nation by the people, for the people” this does not sit very well with ‘the people.’ Stupak was the main hold-up for getting the bill passed, as he was involved in a grueling debate about the abortion language in the bill. This issue was a sore point for more than religious and pro-life reasons, it was considered by many to be the deciding force of the entire health care bill.
About a half dozen House Democrats, led by Rep. Bart Stupak worked to have abortion removed from the bill. In the final hour the president did sign an Executive Order saying that no funds from the bill would be used for abortion. This persuaded several Democrats who were against abortion to change their “No” votes to a “yes.” About a half dozen House Democrats, led by Rep. Bart Stupak worked to have abortion removed from the bill. That was the answer they got, and it was enough to change their vote.
This is essential, since the bill was passed with a difference of only a few votes. If these Democrats had voted ‘no’ then the bill would not have made it through. The odd fact about this is that an Executive Order is the word of a man. It will NOT override a law. The bill that has just passed is now a law, and the words in it which allow for the federal funds to pay for abortions, completely wipes out any Executive Order. Some are saying this means that order is of no more importance than a blog entry, or it isn’t worth the paper it is printed on. But it got the votes…of Stupak and his group.
His announcement not to seek re-election is being met with mixed emotions by everyone. Some are claiming it is a victory for the Tea Party Movement, who has been calling for his retirement at rallies all over Michigan, and others are speculating on what kind of “retirement package” he was offered in exchange for his “yes” vote on the Health Care Bill.
The National Republican Campaign Committee issued a statement saying that Stupak decided to drop out “after selling his soul to (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi” and more lawmakers are likely to pay the price of passing the health insurance overhaul. “The political fallout over the Democrats’ government takeover of health care has put the political careers of many Democrats in jeopardy thanks in-part to Stupak’s decision to abandon his alleged pro-life principles. Unfortunately for Pelosi, she was unable to strong-arm Stupak one last time as she becomes increasingly aware of the fact that her hold on the speaker’s gavel is loosening by the day,” NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said in a statement.
Statements which were made by Stupak himself were said to support the voices which claim the representatives did NOT vote in the way that their constituents wanted. “National Right to Life … I think they were more interested in defeating the health care bill, no matter what it costs,” Stupak told CNA in an interview published March 26. Many are wondering, if he knew that was the desire of the people, to “defeat the health care bill” then why in the world did he vote “yes”?!
“We can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did hereIt is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address) Turns out, some of the world remembers, Mr. Lincoln, but too many seem to have forgotten…
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