Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich) is supposedly working with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to oppose the abortion fix Reid came up with to buy off Senator Ben Nelson.
An aide to Rep. (D. Mich.) coordinated opposition to the Senate health bill’s abortion compromise this morning with the Republican Senate leadership according to a chain of frantic emails obtained this morning by POLITICO.
Stupak, in an interview with POLITICO, called the Senate’s bill’s abortion position "unacceptable" – but disavowed his staffer’s collaboration with Senate Minority Leader .
“I never talked to McConnell about the health care bill,” said Stupak, adding that that “I did not authorize the email [which] “was sent without my knowledge.”
Stupak said that he has discussed the Senate’s abortion position with conservative Democratic senators (Neb.) and (Penn.).
His opposition to the senate's language, in spite of those conversations and intense pressure from the White House, could augur a challenge to the compromise in the House when the two versions of the bill are reconciled.
The Senate language represented “a dramatic shift in federal policy,” said Stupak, adding that he remained hopeful that the differences could be resolved in conference. Nelson, though, said earlier Saturday that his support for the legislation was contingent on the abortion compromise remaining in it.
Time and time again these Democrats have proven themselves to be a self-serving and craven lot. For all we know Stupak’s actions is merely his attempt to get paid off. Stay tuned, time will tell.