Before that, 64 Democrats, and all but one Republican, voted in favor of the Stupak amendment. That amendment bars any health insurance plan that covers abortion procedures from entering the new health insurance exchanges established by this bill.
Stupak said earlier today that this bill had enough votes for passage even without his amendment. Further, President Obama has supposedly promised that he will personally work to remove that amendment from conference committee. We shall see.
The list of Democrats who voted in favor of the Stupak amendment, but against the overall bill, should be available soon. Just as important as primary challenges, we need to create an alternate DCCC, so that progressives don't see their money spent on anti-choice, anti-health care Democrats. A Stupak amendment of our own, if you will, to make sure that our money doesn't end up funding shitty Democrats.
Previous updates have been moved to the extended entry.
Update: Stupak amendment FAILS on voice vote. Roll call vote coming.
QUICK MATH: Stupak had 43 Dems in July. If 5 GOPers vote present, 216 and needed to pass. 177 GOPers in House. 177 minus 5 plus 43 Dems equals 215. So, if 5 GOPers vote "present," then Stupak loses, unless he has gained votes since July or if there is a vacancy right now.
Stupak amendment passes easily: Well over 60 Democrats supporting the Stupak amendment. Once it got over 45, it became a "freebie" and lots of people piled on. Anyone who votes against the overall bill, but voted in favor of this amendment, should be primaried. And defeating them with a pro-choice, pro-health care candidate should be doable, in any district in the country.
The amendment can still be stripped in conference committee. Supposedly, President Obama promised Henry Waxman that he would personally work to do just that. We'll see...