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from America’s Right:

President Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law Tuesday. He did not sign the executive order on abortion negotiated with Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak in an 11th-hour arrangement that may well have saved the entire health care reform effort.

A White House official told Fox, Obama will not sign the Executive Order Tuesday and has set no specific date to do so. Stupak predicted Obama would sign the order later this week. The White House said only that Obama would sign the order “soon.”

In two celebratory speeches Tuesday – one at the bill’s signing, the other at the Interior Department with health care advocates – Obama said nothing about the abortion issue or the executive order.

Stupak, meanwhile, is under fire for accepting the order as his price for supporting the health care overhaul legislation, which passed on a vote of 219-212.

Stupak released a statement today defending the as-yet-unsigned executive order, placing it on a list of other significant orders that included Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and Harry Truman’s 1948 order desegregating the U.S. armed forces.

“Throughout history, Executive Orders have been an important means of implementing public policy,” Stupak said in a statement. “The most famous Executive Order was the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln in 1863.”

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from the Wall Street Journal:

By Janet Adamy

Rep. Bart Stupak doesn’t plan to vote for Congress’s latest health overhaul package – and abortion isn’t the only reason why.

The Michigan Democrat became a pivotal player in the health debate last fall when he threatened to sink the bill because it didn’t exclude insurance coverage of abortion from government-subsidized health plans. In recent days, he’s reiterated that he objects to the Senate’s more-lenient treatment of abortion coverage that would almost certainly be part of any final health legislation.

In an interview today, Stupak said abortion isn’t the only issue that will keep him from voting for the Senate bill if Speaker Nancy Pelosi brings it to the House floor. “It’d be very hard to vote for this bill even if they fixed the abortion language,” he said. Asked whether there was any way he would vote for the current package, he had one word: “Nope.”

Stupak said the White House hasn’t included enough provisions from the House bill in its proposed package of changes to the Senate version. He cited some of the House’s tighter restrictions on insurance companies and new payment methods to encourage doctors to provide quality treatment that he thinks should be in the bill. And even though the White House peeled back the tax on high-value insurance plans, he’s upset that it’s still in there at all.

A big concern among House members, Stupak said, is that they will be forced to vote on the Senate bill with no assurance the package of changes aimed at appeasing House members will ever get approved.

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Classy: NYT invokes suicide of Rep. Stupak’s son to make point about gun control

By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
01/07/10 12:55 PM EST

The New York Times has a profile of Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat who’s pro-life stance has made him a thorn in his party’s side throughout the health care debate. Incredibly, here’s the second paragraph of the story:

After his younger son committed suicide in 2000, using the congressman’s gun, Mr. Stupak soon resumed his predawn commute to Washington and his solid voting record with the National Rifle Association.

What is the point here? Is it that Rep. Stupak is contradictory? That he’s stubborn? Unreflective? Let’s try a thought experiment here:

After his younger son died driving recklessly in 2000, using the congressman’s car, Mr. Stupak soon resumed his predawn commute to Washington and his solid voting record in support of Michigan’s auto manufacturers.

Yes, that paragraph would be pretty stupid — but logically it’s no different than the paragraph the Times included about guns. It’s too much for the Times to accept that Stupak’s stance on guns is consistent with U.S. Constitution, but they should at least accept that Stupak represents a huge rural district in Northern Michigan, a place where owning guns is often a matter of survival and is deeply embedded in the culture there. Further, Stupak is a former state trooper. His son’s suicide aside, I imagine he posesses a wealth of first-hand experience about the dangers of guns and that has most certainly informed his thinking as a legislator.

I don’t know whether the Times reporter is just oblivious or very petty. But the suggestion Stupak’s stance on guns is contradictory in light of his son’s suicide is beyond the pale.

WASHINGTON – The way abortions are covered under health care reform is a major obstacle to finalizing the legislation, even though the House and Senate both agree that no federal money should be used.

The stumbling block is whether insurance plans that get federal money are completely barred from covering abortions, or whether they can cover it as long as they require customers to write separate checks for the procedure using their own money.

Why does that matter?

Because the House and Senate solved the dispute in different ways, neither of which makes everyone happy, and now they have to find a further compromise.

“Something’s going to have to give,” said Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., author of the abortion language in the House.

At this point it’s not clear what that will be, although talks to resolve the issue have already begun and all involved in the intraparty dispute say they want to be able to support a final health care bill.

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