Meanwhile, Rep. Bart Stupak says if his anti-choice amendment is taken out of the combined Obamacare bill, that he can and will scuttle the entire bill.
That's quite a fight Rep. Stupak is picking with the White House, not to mention with 51% of the population.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) pledged on Tuesday morning to defeat healthcare reform legislation if his abortion amendment is taken out, saying 10 to 20 anti-abortion-rights Democrats would vote against a bill with weaker language.
"They’re not going to take it out," Stupak said on "Fox and Friends," referring to Senate Democrats. "If they do, healthcare will not move forward."
Stupak's amendment prohibits any insurance plan on a potential healthcare exchange from accepting federal subsidies if it covers abortion. Pro-abortion-rights lawmakers say that language is too broad and would drastically reduce access to abortion.
White House senior adviser David Axelrod said over the weekend that he expected Stupak's language to be "adjusted."
"We won fair and square," Stupak said of the House vote. "[T]hat is why Mr. Axelrod is not a legislator — he doesn’t really know what he is talking about."
But the fact remains: The language is too vague, and it means that any private insurance plan would have to drop abortion coverage or it wouldn't be eligible for the new health insurance exchange system, meaning no insurance plans would cover it, and no women would have access to the plans that do without paying astronomical costs.
And Bart Stupak is willing to scrap the entire bill should women be allowed coverage. Hey folks? While there are legitimate complaints about sexism in the media's political world, let's try to keep some real perspective about outright misogyny being written into America's laws, shall we?
There's the sideshow, and then there's the real battle. Learn which is which. Thanks.