Stupak’s vote gives Democrats enough votes to pass health care bill. During a press conference Sunday afternoon, US Rep. Bart Stupak D-Michigan stated that he will back the health care reform legislation after being assured that no federal funding will be used for abortions under the health care bill.
Sunday, President Obama said that he plans to sign an executive order that guarantees federal money will not be used to fund abortions. With that executive order seven or eight other Democrats have agreed to change their “No” vote to a “Yes” vote on the health care legislation. Those votes will allow the health care legislation to pass Sunday.
With Stupak’s vote and those of seven or eight other Democrats who wanted to ensure federal funding was not used for abortions, it is expected health care reform legislation will pass later today.
216 votes are needed to pass the health care legislation and President Obama and Democrats have worked hard over the past few days to get those votes.
Democrats have been working steadily to ensure that they get the 216 votes needed to pass the legislation. Slowly, Democrats stated that they would change their vote from a “No” vote to a “Yes” vote Sunday. To read more about that story, click here.
Saturday, Tea Party protestors gathered outside and inside the Capital to protest the health care vote. To read more about the Tea Party protest, click here.
Not one Republican is expected to vote for the bill; stating that the legislation means higher taxes and government intervention in decisions concerning health care.
President Obama has been heavily campaigning democrats for over a week attempting to get the votes needed to pass the legislation.
On July 1st, 2009 President Obama said in a health care speech: Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, Utah…offers high quality health care at costs that are well below average, in some cases 30% lower than other communities. He goes on to say that if it can be done there, it can be done everywhere in this country.
Utah has the lowest per capita healthcare spending rate in the nation at $3,972. The national average is $7,026, according to a July 2009 Salt Lake Tribune article.
To view the schedule and time for Sunday’s health care vote, click here.
No amendments are planned for the health care bill, and if it passes it will head to President Obama to be signed into law. This would be President Obama’s first major piece of legislation he had passed since he arrived at the White House.
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