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Ok, I am confused.  Maybe a few of you could help me out.

Bart Stupak opposes federal money supporting premiums for health insurance plans that cover abortion, right?

But then why did he support the Recovery Act (AKA Stimulus)?  After all, the bill pays 65% of the COBRA premiums of workers who have been laid off.  There isn't any restriction on whether these plans cover abortion or not, is there?

His support for the Recovery Act is all over his website.

Here's his press release at the time:

To provide the spark our economy needs, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed, and I supported, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1).  This legislation is currently undergoing changes in the U.S. Senate.  The package may have different dollar amounts and programs when it comes back to the House for a final vote, but its commitment to putting people back to work, assisting struggling families and sustaining a full economic recovery will remain intact.

Of the $819 billion in the House-passed package, H.R. 1 can be broken down into three sections.  The first section creates jobs investing in our infrastructure, roads, bridges and ports.  The second section assists American families by extending and increasing unemployment benefits, food stamps and health insurance coverage.  The final piece of the bill sustains our economic recovery with tax cuts for 95 percent of all Americans, and increased depreciation and projected loss "carry over" provisions for businesses.

So, can any one explain to me why Stupak would view the Recovery Act differently than Health Care Reform?  

Originally posted to RKA on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 05:48 PM PST.

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  •  Stupak Doesn't View (0+ / 0-)

    He votes the way his mentors in Washington want him to.  They likely didn't care about RKA.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 06:00:53 PM PST

  •  You were expecting rational behavior from (1+ / 0-)
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    and irrational person?  Bart Stupid is an embarrassment.

    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - JFK

    by moose67 on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 06:05:14 PM PST

  •  Because he believes the government (2+ / 0-)
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    cheforacle, Theston

    needs to intervene in the economy, I'm guessing.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

    by James Allen on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 06:06:18 PM PST

  •  That's an excellent point (1+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps someone can confront him with this.

  •  Because his constituents, which are at "ground (2+ / 0-)
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    Probus, cheforacle

    zero" of the collapse (Michigan), would have run him out of the state if he had voted against it.

    "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."

    by lordcopper on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 06:31:19 PM PST

  •  Bart Stupak is a hypocrite, his insistance on (1+ / 0-)
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    restricting abortion even more than the Hyde Amendment is I think simply a ruse for the right and the insurance lobby to kill HCR. On that front he sounds a lot like a republican. A true DINO. His support for the Recovery Act makes him a hypocrite.

    "Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." George Washington

    by Probus on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 06:41:39 PM PST

  •  That's easy. There are (0+ / 0-)

    two reasons: first, Stupak is a Democrat--yes, check his voting record if you don't believe me--who knows his constituents need help from the government to survive the recession. The UP lags economically even in good times, and it's really hurting now.

    Second, it probably never occurred to him to connect the two. He just thought he was helping people keep their health insurance.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 07:25:45 PM PST

  •  Mr Stupak (0+ / 0-)

    came up with the abortion meme when he saw that the HCR train was leaving the station. That is just an excuse to kill health reform. He like many of this so called conservaderms is basically a republican whose only concern is "party R" and the special interest that make contributions to their political campaigns  as well as lining up their "401 K" for a well remunerated retirement as a lobbyist. Do not be fooled the abortion issue is just an excuse. Michigan insurance premiums are going up to exorbitant highs. Maybe this is an opportunity to clean the basement and get rid of some vermin.

  •  No, he is not trying to kill the bill. He is doin (0+ / 0-)

    the catholic Church bidding to cement the abortion funding restrictions firmly in place. Even if Hyde is done in this will stay. Hyde has to be renewed each your. The Catholic church doesn't like that.

    They are dreadful tax exempt lobbyists. We need to attack them later.

    We are in a time where it is risky NOT to change. Barack Obama 7-30-08

    by samddobermann on Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 04:24:12 AM PST

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