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Two House Democrats vow: no vote for health-care bill without pro-life language

March 09, 2010

A Democratic lawmaker who voted to approve the health-care reform in the House of Representatives has said that he will not support the Senate version of the legislation unless a pro-life amendment is added. Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois will oppose the legislation in its current form, a spokesman told the Weekly Standard. Another Democrat, Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, said: "I will not vote for a health care bill that doesn't have the House abortion language in it."

The Democratic lawmakers joined Rep. Bart Stupak in public opposition to the Senate version of the bill. Their statements raise questions about the ability of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to push the Senate bill through the House in its current form. If House members insist on amending the legislation, the bill can no longer be passed through the "reconciliation" process, and must be debated again in the Senate, where a Republican filibuster is virtually guaranteed to stall the bill.


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 09, 2010 6:50 PM ET USA

    They'll take out the abortion coverage to get this monstrous bill passed, and then later put abortion back in so as not to discriminate against poor women. The whole bill is bad, bad, bad! And the Catholic Bishops should be opposed to it with or without abortion coverage!