It appears that the plan by President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ram the Senate’s version of ObamaCare through the Democrat-majority House is falling apart just one day after Obama commanded Democrats to get it done.
In addition to “dozens” of Democrats who object to the latest Obamacare because of its lack of solid anti-abortion language, Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich, the liberally-minded representative from Ohio, says he will vote “no” if the bill comes to the House floor, according to Fox News.
Kucinich, who voted no on the earlier House version of Obamacare, told Fox that he believes “health care is a basic right” and “not a privilege that you get from the benevolence of the insurance companies.”
When asked if “the bill isn’t liberal enough” to win his approval, Kucinich quickly shot off “I’m a centrist.”
Obama has invited Kucinich to the White House to discuss the legislation. When pressured by the interviewer as to whether Obama could say or do anything to convince him to change his vote (and what, if anything, that would be), Kucinich said, “I’m honored that the President wants to meet with me” but he added, “I didn’t say I would change my vote, I will just hear what he wants to say.”
Congressman Bart Stupak (D – Michigan) and several other House Democrats already have said that they will vote no if and when the Senate version comes to the House floor. Stupak co-authored, along with Representative Joe Pitts (R – Pennsylvania) the “Stupak Amendment” in the earlier House version which prohibited, in clear language, the use of Federal funds to perform abortions. Obamacare passed the House only because that language was in it.
The Senate, on the other hand, namely Leader Harry Reid (D – Nevada), removed the Stupak Amendment which has become an issue of contention now between both houses of Congress. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D – Maryland) has been trying to reassure House Dems that the bill still will prohibit federal dollars from going to abortions, but House members aren’t buying it. Their qualms about the Senate version have validity, especially after the President laid out his personal preferences for h.c. reform, agreeing with the Senate bill, which allows Federal funding for women’s community healthcare clinics which often perform abortions.