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Abortion Funding in Health Bill Could Derail Effort


The Washington Post is out with a story today about how the healthcare refomr bill could go down in flames in the House if the abortion funding language isn't changed.

Hey, Washington Post. I've been saying that now for a few months. Let me repeat it one more time: If The White House and Democratic leaders don't change the abortion language then they seriously run the risk of not getting healthcare reform through this year. Look, this is a numbers game. With all House Republicans set to vote against the bill, Nancy Pelosi can not afford 40 or so House Democrats to defect over the abortion issue. That may happen if something is not changed.

The Washington Post article is below:

While House leaders are moving toward a vote on health-care legislation by the end of the week, enough Democrats are threatening to oppose the measure over the issue of abortion to create a question about its passage.

House leaders were still negotiating Monday with the bloc of Democrats concerned about abortion provisions in the legislation, saying that they could lead to public funding of the procedure. After an evening meeting of top House Democrats, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) said, "We are making progress," but added that they had not reached an agreement.

The outcome of those talks could be crucial in deciding the fate of the health-care bill. Democrats need the vast majority of their caucus to back the bill, since nearly all congressional Republicans have said they will oppose the legislation.

"I will continue whipping my colleagues to oppose bringing the bill to the floor for a vote until a clean vote against public funding for abortion is allowed," Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said Monday in a statement. He said last week that 40 Democrats could vote with him to oppose the legislation — enough to derail the bill.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, cast Stupak as "attempting to ban abortion coverage in the private insurance market."



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