Hot Air links to an AP article that reports Bart Stupak believes he and the House leadership can come to an agreement on ObamaCare:
Prospects are good for resolving a dispute over abortion that has led some House Democrats to threaten to withhold support of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, a key Michigan Democrat said Monday.
Rep. Bart Stupak said he expects to resume talks with House leaders this week in a quest for wording that would impose no new limits on abortion rights but also would not allow use of federal money for the procedure.
“I’m more optimistic than I was a week ago,” Stupak said in an interview between meetings with constituents in his northern Michigan district. He was hosting a town hall meeting Monday night at a local high school.
“The president says he doesn’t want to expand or restrict current law (on abortion). Neither do I,” Stupak said. “That’s never been our position. So is there some language that we can agree on that hits both points — we don’t restrict, we don’t expand abortion rights? I think we can get there.”
Bart Stupak is the congressman for the eastern portion of northern lower Michigan and the UP. My husband and I own a canoe rental business and fly shop on the Au Sable River and have gotten to know northern lower Michigan well. Northern Michigan, while one of the most beautiful and storied parts of the country that I love dearly, is economically depressed, with a few exceptions such as the very wealthy towns of Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and maybe a few others. There is very little industry, so its economy is driven primarily by outdoor recreational tourism because of this part of the state’s beautiful coastline, rivers, lakes, golf courses, and national and state parks.
With so much natural beauty and outdoor activities, you’d think the area is filled with naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts. It is, but you’d be surprised how many people who live in northern Michigan either work for or get subsidies from the government. Since so much of Stupak’s district comprises of state and national parks, rivers, lakes, and shoreline, many of his constituents are federal and state employees who work for Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources and its various agencies, the US Forest Service, the EPA, and other federal and state agencies that provide services to the districts poor rural populations. In addition to government employees, there are many people who live off of government largess as well. As I mentioned earlier, the economy is very weak so a lot of families receive subsidies from the government.
However, the majority of Stupak’s constituents are very pro-life (which is why he keeps getting elected: he’s pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-social entitlement programs), so if – and that’s a big if – he can manage to finagle a deal of some sort with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama that guarantees that abortion language he is satisfied with is included in the final bill that the president signs, then I’m certain Stupak will vote for ObamaCare.
I’m not sure if Stupak and the Democratic leadership can agree to something that is workable because animosity and distrust is rampant between Democrats in the House and Senate. As far as I’m concerned, I’d like to see Stupak and the other pro-life Democrats kill the bill, but I’m not sure he has the guts to do it.