As the Progressive Caucus continues its whip count to determine if there is enough support in the House to pass a health care bill tied to Medicare +5% rates, Democratic Representative Bart Stupak is leading an effort to kill the entire health care bill. He is doing this through an attempt to find 40 Democrats who want to add restrictions on abortion funding that will be more regressive than those already in place under the so-called "Hyde Amendment", barring federal health care funds to be used for abortions.
If Stupak succeeds, he will kill the entire health care bill. This is because such restrictions will cause Democrats to lose scores of pro-choice votes, which combined with Republicans will be enough to defeat the entire bill. Stupak knows this, but apparently doesn't give a damn.
A leading pro-life Democrat said Friday he is "not very confident" that Congress will clearly stipulate a ban on federal funding for abortions in healthcare legislation
Good. The Regressive Block apparently isn't coming together. Still, this is something to keep an eye on. It would be pretty heinous, though also not particularly surprising, if reproductive rights actually worsen under Democratic governance. Democratic fear of offending Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh knows few boundaries.