19 Democrats Draw Line In the Sand Against Reproductive Health Coverage, But Mum On Public Plan
Nineteen Dems Want Abortion Out Of Health Bill
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Nineteen House Democrats have told Speaker Pelosi they will not vote for healthcare legislation "unless it explicitly excludes abortion funding from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan."
The 19 Democrats are: Reps. Dan Boren (D-OK); Bart Stupak (D-MI); Colin Peterson (D-MN); Tim Holden (D-PA); Travis Childers (D-MS); Lincoln Davis (D-TN); Heath Shuler (D-NC) Solomon Ortiz (D-TX); Mike McIntyre (D-NC); Jerry Costello (D-IL); Gene Taylor (D-MS); James Oberstar (D-MN); Bobby Bright (D-AL); Steve Driehaus (D-OH); Marcy Kaptur (D-OH); Charlie Melancon (D-LA); John Murtha (D-PA); Paul Kanjorski (D-PA); and Kathleen Dahlkemper (D-PA).
That’s great, there are 19 Dems — many of them Rahm Emanuel’s pets — who draw a line in the sand and say they won’t vote for any bill that covers reproductive health. But with minor exception, members who have floated all kinds of lofty rhetoric about their support for a public plan don’t want to say they won’t vote for a bill that doesn’t have one. They want to "leave themselves open."
Meanwhile, President Lieberman and President Nelson and President Landrieu have absolutely no trouble whatsoever saying they won’t vote for a bill that HAS a public plan. Saying what you won’t vote for seems to be easy, as long as it’s pro-insurance industry and regressive.
I think it’s pretty clear where we’re headed on this. It’s "public plan" kabuki. The progressives are putting on a nice show but in the end, they’re fully prepared to sell the public plan — and women — down the river.
If you want a decent health care bill, you’re going to have to get on the phone and tell people you’re pissed and that you’re not going to settle for kabuki. If Joe Lieberman can say where he draws the line, so can they. And if they’re not willing to hold a line, if they’re only willing to take progressive votes when they don’t matter, then at least we’ll know what we’re dealing with.