There ought to be no doubt by now but that the health care reform bill before the House is a deficient piece of legislation. About the only thing standing between the bill and final passage is Bart Stupak and his caucus of pro-life Democrats. If they waver, a bad bill passes. And the concern is that they may waver:
Representative Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat who leads a group pressing for the tougher restrictions, is planning a press conference today to discuss his request for an abortion vote. His legislative director, Nick Choate, declined to comment.
Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for Pelosi, said he had no immediate comment about the matter.
DeGette said Pelosi, a California Democrat, told the pro- choice Democrats that Stupak wants a vote on a resolution that would instruct a congressional clerk to insert into the overall bill stricter House-passed abortion language than is in the health-care measure the House will on tomorrow [sic].
Up until now, Stupak has been a hero to what remains of the conservative Democratic tradition, not to mention to Republicans and independent conservatives who are opposed to the bill. If Stupak throws it all away, and allows a bad bill to get passed in the process . . . well . . . I really wouldn’t want to occupy his place in history.