The Dems’ suicide pact?

Rep. Bart Stupak: “They just want this over.”

If Obamacare passes, Stupak says, it could signal the end of any meaningful role for pro-life Democrats within their own party. “It would be very, very hard for someone who is a right-to-life Democrat to run for office,” he says. “I won’t leave the party. I’m more comfortable here and still believe in a role within it for the right-to-life cause, but this bill will make being a pro-life Democrat much more difficult. They don’t even want to debate this issue. We’ll probably have to wait until the Republicans take back the majority to fix this.”

“Throughout this debate, even when the House leaders have acknowledged us, it’s always been in a backhanded way,” he laments. “I’m telling the others to hold firm, and we’ll meet next week, but I’m disappointed in my colleagues who said they’d be with us and now they’re not. It’s almost like some right-to-life members don’t want to be bothered. They just want this over.”

Jennifer Rubin, Commentary: The substance matters, or it should

[Democratic leaders] are not, it seems, in the business of passing anything remotely resembling “reform.” They are rather attempting to avoid humiliation and prevent a tidal wave of rage from their liberal base.

That’s small consolation to moderate Democrats, who, in their quieter moments of self-reflection, understand not only that their constituents intensely dislike the bill but also that such aversion is fully justified. It would be one thing to challenge public opinion for a noble and necessary bill; it’s quite another to walk the plank for what [Rep. Paul] Ryan dubs “the Democrats’ health-care train wreck.”

Elsewhere of interest:

Joseph Bottum, First Things: Dems against abortion

Peter Beinart, Daily Beast: Democrats, forever changed

Image by Michael Ramirez via Power Line


8 responses to “The Dems’ suicide pact?

  1. Stupak is a dip-shit. The Hyde amendment already prevents ALL federal funding for abortions.

  2. Ben, of note:

    Ed Morrissey, Hot Air:

    The Stupak amendment explicitly barred federal funding for abortion services in any form in plain language. The Senate version instead relies on the mechanism of the Hyde amendment, which only applies if Congress renews it annually as part of the appropriations process. Once Congress fails to renew the Hyde Amendment (which bars HHS funds from being used for abortion services), the Senate language actually creates a mandate for the federal government to provide those funds.

    Douglas Johnson,

    Pelosi has…repeatedly implied that the longstanding “Hyde Amendment” would somehow prevent the heath care bill from subsidizing abortion. Such utterances are highly misleading. The Hyde Amendment only applies to funds that flow through the annual Health and Human Services appropriations bill, and would not affect funds directly appropriated by the health care bill itself.

    As the Associated Press accurately reported in a story dated March 5, 2010: “The Democratic bills created a new stream of federal money to help working households afford health insurance premiums. And those funds were not subject to the Hyde restrictions.” Moreover, the Hyde Amendment is a patch that must be renewed annually — not an acceptable approach when Congress proposes any large new federal program that implicates abortion policy.

    US Catholic bishops:

    Federal funds in the Senate bill can be used for elective abortions. For example, the bill authorizes and appropriates $7 billion over five years for services at Community Health Centers. (This would rise to $11 billion under President Obama’s new proposal.) These funds are not covered by the Hyde amendment (as they are not appropriated through the Labor/HHS appropriations bill governed by the Hyde amendment), and not covered by the bill’s own abortion limitation in Sec. 1303 (as that provision relates only to tax credits or cost-sharing reductions for qualified health plans, and does not govern all funds in the bill). So the funds can be used directly for elective abortions.

  3. Just a test to see if the Elk avatar returns.

  4. The Culture of Death and the Democrat Party are having their last tango….

  5. I am always impressed by the carefully reasoned positions taken by those who favor the Culture of Death. This comment thread fits with a pattern that has been well and truly set.

  6. Can’t agree more Steve. Do you recall the %$#@@#$$%^&*^%$#@@#$%%*^%$#@#$$^&&*&%$$#@@$%%^^%$#@#$%^^&^$##@
    we took at Irish Elk for suggesting a vote for Obama was a vote for abortion and the Culture of Death?

  7. Mrs. P,
    I do recall it. The Jury Box has been a quieter place than old Irish Elk–maybe the avatars have a subtle calming effect.

  8. Oh maybe the idiots realize they were had.

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