And he’s not down with voting for a bill which includes the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase, either:
“Everyone’s going around saying there’s a compromise—there’s no such thing,” Stupak said. What’s changed between this week and last, Stupak went on, is that he had his first real conversation with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Congressman Henry Waxman about fixing the bill.
Stupak highlighted other problems with the bill: The president’s proposal has not been translated into legislative language and it still leaves some special deals in place. “If you look at the President’s proposal,” Stupak said, “it says that the Cornhusker agreement is out, but the Louisiana Purchase is in.”
“Members don’t have a whole lot of appetite to vote for the Senate bill as a stand alone bill–that’s for sure,” Stupak said. If you’re going to correct these inequities in the Senate bill, you better tie bar it to something. No one wants to vote for a freestanding bill so they can be accused of voting for a special deal for Nebraska on Medicaid.”
Stupak isn’t about to be hoodwinked into voting for the Senate bill with the promise from the Senate to fix the abortion language and remove the bribes for its passage at a later date. That speaks volumes about the level of trust he has in members of his own party.
Some advice to Stupak: avoid the House gym.