Sunday, March 21, 2010

Healthcare vote news

Apparently Stupak (and presumably the rest of his pro-life cadre) will now vote for the healthcare bill in exchange for Obama issuing an executive order reiterating the current policy of not spending federal funds on abortion.

This shows that Stupak's opposition to the bill was either fundamentally (a) unserious, or (b) a power play. An executive order is binding only on the executive branch, and is sustained by no force other than the whim of the sitting President. So this does not effect the text of the legislation being debated, and can be changed whenever the President wants. What did Stupak gain here? This is disgusting.


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