Stupak Deal is Dead, Obama Executive Order on Abortion “On the Table”

By: Saturday March 20, 2010 9:55 am

According to a source involved in the health care negotiations in Congress, Henry Waxman is telling Democratic caucus members that Bart Stupak’s deal with Nancy Pelosi is dead.  Stupak had called a press conference to announce the deal at 11am this morning, but has now canceled it. The deal fell apart after news of the [...]

NY NOW President Marcia Pappas to Women in Congress: Make History and Walk Out

By: Friday March 19, 2010 9:27 pm

We are asking all of you fight like you have never fought before. Tonight, It has become clear that the our Democratic President Obama, Democratic Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) and Democratic Leader (Harry Reid) are trading away women’s lives.

Every woman in Congress should MAKE HISTORY AND WALK OUT ! This is your chance to stand up for what is right! Forget politics, forget saving your seat! You must take a chance!

The Unsolvable Stupak Abortion Legislative Stand Off

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 1:26 pm

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) is demanding that the abortion language in health care reform be fixed before they pass the current comprehensive Senate health care bill in the House. In itself this is not an insane request given that once the bill passes, Stupak has no more leverage. With almost 300 House bills stalled in [...]

Six Ways Democrats Could Have Dealt with Stupak Ahead of Time

By: Friday March 5, 2010 5:49 pm

Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) group of “pro-life” House members–and their demands about abortion language–has once again emerged as the major focus of the health care debate. This should not surprise anyone. Stupak originally made his concerns known back in July. The Stupak amendment became the big fight back in November, when the House first passed their [...]

Bart Stupak: “I Don’t Think They Have Ten Votes for the Senate Bill”; Open to Reconciliation-Only Route

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 2:19 pm

Watch CBS News Videos OnlineToday on CBS’s “Washington Unplugged,” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Anthony Weiner (D-NY) threw some very cold water on the current plan of having the House pass the Senate bill unchanged, followed by the passing of some “fixes” through reconciliation. Stupak said, “I don’t think they have ten votes for the [...]

Eric Cantor Makes Case House Democrats Don’t Have Votes For Health Care Reform

By: Wednesday February 24, 2010 8:49 am

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor has released a memo (PDF) laying out the case that the Democrats simply don’t have the votes in the House to pass the Senate health care bill with a reconciliation sidecar strategy. Clearly, it is to the Republican Party’s benefit to strongly make the case that Democrats don’t have the [...]

Health Care Reform: How Democrats Might Deal With Abortion Language Through Reconciliation

By: Friday February 19, 2010 1:35 pm

The New York Times is reporting that the White House is preparing to use reconciliation to advance health care reform. Reconciliation will be used to make changes to the Senate bill to make it an acceptable compromise between the House and the Senate. As always, the elephant in the room is abortion. Democrats said it [...]

Ben Nelson Has Not Got His Pound Of Flesh Yet

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 10:30 am

Ben Nelson has rejected Harry Reid’s latest compromise on the abortion language: Nelson told KLIN radio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Thursday that an attempt at compromise doesn’t get to the fundamental issue of barring federal funding for abortions. Nelson says without further changes the compromise isn’t sufficient. It sounds like Nelson is trying to go for [...]

Ben Nelson Threatens A Filibuster Over Stupak Amendment

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 12:31 pm

Ben Nelson is currently threatening to filibuster reform if it does not contain a version of the anti-choice Stupak amendment: The Senate health care bill does not provide federal money for abortion, maintaining the status quo. But like Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and a sizable bloc of conservative House Democrats, Nelson says that’s not good [...]

Mike Johanns Approves of Insurance Plans On the Exchange Covering Abortion

By: Saturday November 21, 2009 4:27 pm

JOHANNS: If a woman wants her health insurance plan to provide elective abortion services, she does have the choice to purchase a health insurance plan that provides that on the exchange — she just has to pay for it with her own money. Am I correct in that interpretation, or have I misunderstood?

HATCH: That’s correct.