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From the Office of Congressman Bart Stupak
email letter from Bart Stupak | March 25, 2010 | Bart Stupak

Posted on 03/25/2010 6:25:37 PM PDT by MsLady

Thank you for your communication on health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 21, 2010. I was honored to witness the signing of this historic legislation by President Obama at the White House on March 23, 2010.

My vote on health care reform was the most difficult vote I have cast during my 20 years as a state representative and a member of Congress. This legislation will affect every American. During my time in Congress, I have cast several very difficult votes, such as going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, military actions in Bosnia and Kosovo, and the impeachment of President Clinton. I studied each issue carefully and spent many hours reading legislation, conducting research, and talking with constituents in my congressional district and my colleagues in Congress.

I am honored to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where most of the language included in the House health care bill was drafted. As the House health care legislation was developed and amended throughout the committee process, I was actively involved in improving and modifying the bill.

I voted YES on the final health care reform bill, H.R. 3590, which was a compromise between the legislative proposals passed by U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate last year. The president also suggested changes that were incorporated in the final bill. The final product included strong consumer protections, eliminated the "sweet heart deals" in the Senate bill and dropped the "public option" included in the House bill.

Throughout the health care debate, I held firm in my insistence that no public funding for abortions would be included in the bill and that current Hyde amendment restrictions on funding of abortions would be maintained. When the House voted on November 7, 2009 I was successful in passing an amendment that upheld the Hyde restrictions. However, the Senate could only muster 45 votes in support of my amendment and it was defeated on December 8, 2009. I remained concerned that the health care bill passed by the Senate allowed public funding for abortions at community health centers. After the Stupak amendment was defeated in the Senate, pro-life House Democrats explored additional legislative proposals and procedures in an effort to secure the 60 votes needed in the Senate to limit federal funding for abortions. With only 45 pro-life votes in the Senate, passage was impossible.

My House pro-life colleagues and I then negotiated an Executive Order with President Obama, which "maintains current Hyde amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly-created health insurance exchanges." The Executive Order also specifically prevents the funding and performing of abortions at community health centers. This Executive Order has the full force and effect of law and was signed on March 24, 2010 by President Obama in the Oval Office of the White House. I attended the signing of the Executive Order where the President was emphatic in his support of the Executive Order referring to it as "iron clad."

Some pro-life groups have condemned the Executive Order and demanded statutory language similar to the Stupak amendment. The reality is the Stupak amendment only received 45 of the required 60 votes in the Senate. The Executive Order was the only vehicle available to maintain the Hyde restrictions in the health care reform legislation.

I am surprised and disappointed by the reaction of some pro-life groups in opposition to the Executive Order given the fact that these same groups embraced President Bush's Executive Order in June 2007 banning embryonic stem cell research. The language on enforcement of the Executive Order through the courts is identical in both presidents' Executive Orders.

In the final health care reform bill, veterans are exempt from the legislation. The VA and TRICARE systems remain untouched. Seniors remain on Medicare, receive relief from the donut hole and have their preventive screenings and tests fully covered.

Small businesses immediately receive tax credits to assist owners in providing health care coverage for employees. Consumer protections prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against individuals with pre-existing conditions, extend insurance coverage for dependent children up to age 26, prevent health plans from dropping insurance coverage when people are sick and eliminate lifetime caps on coverage.

I have enclosed information sheets on many of the highlights found in the new health care reform legislation, which will provide 32 million uninsured Americans with access to quality, health care.

Thank you for your communication. If you should have further questions or concerns on health care or any other issue, please visit my web site at www.house.gov/stupak.

Sincerely,

BART STUPAK Member of Congress


TOPICS: Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhohealthcare; email; healthcare; judas; prolifemybutt; stupak; traitor
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I called his office Saturday to vote no on the health care bill. Of course we all know what he did. I just received this email. I'm totally disgusted.
1 posted on 03/25/2010 6:25:37 PM PDT by MsLady
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To: MsLady

Hey, Bart: G.F.Y.


2 posted on 03/25/2010 6:26:48 PM PDT by clintonh8r (I love my country. I hate...HATE!!...my government.)
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To: MsLady
I held firm in my insistence that no public funding for abortions would be included in the bill

What a liar. He cast the deciding vote in favor of government-funded abortions, and held out simply to get $750,000 in pork for his district. His opposition NEVER had anything to do with abortion.

3 posted on 03/25/2010 6:27:44 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (The GOP: The Big Tent with a Fifth Column.)
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To: MsLady

Just send money to Benishek, his opponent and you’ll feel better. He’s toast in November.


4 posted on 03/25/2010 6:28:25 PM PDT by max americana
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To: MsLady

“BART STUPAK Member of Congress”

More Like:

BART STUPAK: FORMER Member of Congress


5 posted on 03/25/2010 6:28:33 PM PDT by glocker23 (Live Free Or Die)
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To: clintonh8r

Judas Stupak, babykiller.


6 posted on 03/25/2010 6:29:07 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: clintonh8r

What a pantload!


7 posted on 03/25/2010 6:29:21 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: MsLady

I’ll say this though - Stupak had two-thirds of the nation eating out of the palm of his hand.


8 posted on 03/25/2010 6:29:32 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Islam is incompatible with American traditions and values)
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To: MsLady

Poopak needs to get a clue. The reason people are angry at him is he is a simple man who is out of his league. A community organizer just schooled him, tricked him, and Bart
now has a useless piece of paper and babies will die using my money. His career is over, he didn’t listen to the people and this november we get our chance to school poopak!

Thanks for posting.


9 posted on 03/25/2010 6:30:26 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (REGISTERED RIGHT WING THUG!)
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To: clintonh8r

Who is running against this Judas baby killer? Do we not have a tea party guy running? Bart STUPID is a POS.


10 posted on 03/25/2010 6:30:41 PM PDT by rogertarp
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To: max americana

Is Benishek the surgeon Mark Levin interviewed on the air the other day?


11 posted on 03/25/2010 6:30:51 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (Arigatou gozaimasu)
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To: MsLady

My vote on health care reform was the most difficult vote I have cast during my 20 years as a state representative and a member of Congress.
_________________________________________________

We noticed that clever juggling act...

you made it look easy...


12 posted on 03/25/2010 6:30:58 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: MsLady

I thought I heard Rush say that he was not invited to the signing ceremony. Maybe I didn’t hear correctly! Or maybe I’ll go back to my tapes and see for myself that Rush did say that.


13 posted on 03/25/2010 6:31:06 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: MsLady

I’m going to send a donation to his opponent, Daniel Benishek, once he does something aside from Facebook. And I live in Massachusetts.


14 posted on 03/25/2010 6:32:10 PM PDT by LostInBayport (2010 - The Second American Revolution. The first shot was fired 1/19/2010 -- here in Massachusetts!)
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To: MsLady

Abort Bart’s Political Career!


15 posted on 03/25/2010 6:32:11 PM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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To: WSGilcrest

Yes. The best part is he IS NOT a lawyer. Send him a few bucks to help him send the Rat packing.


16 posted on 03/25/2010 6:33:01 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (I won't be happy until Jet-A is less than $2.00 a gallon)
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To: MsLady

It’s all horse manure, of course. But at least you got some kind of response. Other congressmen/women just ignore their constituents’ communications.


17 posted on 03/25/2010 6:33:50 PM PDT by fatnotlazy (Never forget!)
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To: MsLady
Dear Congressman Stupid,
Obama won't remember your name after November.
Merry Christmas..
Happy New Year
18 posted on 03/25/2010 6:36:00 PM PDT by spectre ( Spectre's wife)
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To: glocker23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2010

Cheboygan, Mich.—Dennis Lennox is not your typical twentysomething. Only 25 years old, the Cheboygan County Drain Commissioner has established an exploratory committee to challenge Rep. Bart Stupak, MI-1’s incumbent Democratic Congressman.

Fueled by Stupak’s compromise on taxpayer funding of abortion this Sunday, which helped Congressional Democrats pass legislation overhauling the national health care system, Lennox announced the formation of his exploratory committee on March 22, 2010.

“Congressman Stupak is an example of why term limits are needed in Washington,” said Lennox. “He went to Washington with honorable intentions when I was in third grade, but he lost his way over the years. Congressman Stupak threw the views of his constituents under the Mackinac Bridge for 30 pieces of silver.”

Running on a platform of reducing government, cutting taxes, defending traditional values, protecting life, and improving education, Lennox’s solid résumé of public service sets him apart from his primary challengers.


19 posted on 03/25/2010 6:36:29 PM PDT by rogertarp
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To: clintonh8r

I like E.S.A.D. but he may perceive it as a threat.


20 posted on 03/25/2010 6:36:36 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (NATHAN DEAL for GEORGIA GOVERNOR; http://www.dealforgovernor.com)
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To: Sunshine Sister
Stupak was definitely at the signing of the bill. There was no "ceremony". It was just some of the faux-pro-life Democrats standing around the President and only one picture was released.


21 posted on 03/25/2010 6:37:32 PM PDT by RightFighter (Sarah Palin - we love you and can't wait to see you again.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
"My vote on health care reform was the most difficult vote I have cast during my 20 years as a state representative and a member of Congress."

Let me finish this thought. It was difficult until my palm got greased. Just another lying phony.

22 posted on 03/25/2010 6:38:14 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: MsLady
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23 posted on 03/25/2010 6:38:27 PM PDT by Barney59 ("When a small man casts a big shadow, it means the sun is getting ready to set.")
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To: MsLady

Too late for damage control for you Stupak.

Sestak

Landreiu

Collins

Snowe

Nelson

And all who passed this unconstitutional nightmare.


24 posted on 03/25/2010 6:38:36 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: MsLady
One word, Bart:

'Bye!

;-/

25 posted on 03/25/2010 6:40:01 PM PDT by Gargantua (DON'T TREAD ON US.)
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To: RightFighter
Darn! I hate it when I get corrected. Especially in this situation.

Was there more than on signing? I don't believe I ever saw this picture.

26 posted on 03/25/2010 6:40:11 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
The Executive Order was the only vehicle available to maintain the Hyde restrictions in the health care reform legislation.

Stupak had all the power - if he'd have stuck to his guns, he'd have gone down in history as one of the most courageous politicians ever - a man who put principle over party at the most critical time in the history of his party. Instead, he will be the Benedict Arnold of the healthcare legislation story.

27 posted on 03/25/2010 6:40:54 PM PDT by RightFighter (Sarah Palin - we love you and can't wait to see you again.)
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To: MsLady
>> Stupak Office Memo: The reality is the Stupak amendment only received 45 of the required 60 votes in the Senate. The Executive Order was the only vehicle available to maintain the Hyde restrictions in the health care reform legislation.

Bullcrap!!!

28 posted on 03/25/2010 6:41:33 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Sunshine Sister

They showed the picture on Fox News yesterday. They talked about how there was no fanfare - it was a private ceremony with only the president and the ‘pro-life’ dems.


29 posted on 03/25/2010 6:41:46 PM PDT by RightFighter (Sarah Palin - we love you and can't wait to see you again.)
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To: LostInBayport

Wait on Benishek. Jason Allen is a Republican State Senator who is term limited from his district. He is rumored to be entering the race (they have until May 11th). Allen would be a much more experienced and tougher opponent. Allen has routinely won re-election with 60-70% of the vote. His district is the south half of Stupaks’ district.


30 posted on 03/25/2010 6:41:57 PM PDT by Freeze923
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To: RightFighter

Ah........now I read the “executive order” was signed. Now it all makes sense. I still hope that sucka gets a new job in November. Gosh.........I sure wish I could vote there. It would be so satisfying!


31 posted on 03/25/2010 6:42:12 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: MsLady

Horse Hockey


32 posted on 03/25/2010 6:42:34 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: MsLady

Count me as one American who didn’t want to be affected by this socialist lunacy Stupak, you idiot.


33 posted on 03/25/2010 6:45:41 PM PDT by pallis
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To: rogertarp
"“He went to Washington with honorable intentions."

I find that difficult to believe. Besides intention is worth nothing. Conviction does count for something. Stupak lacks the latter.

34 posted on 03/25/2010 6:45:57 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: MsLady

He needs to apologize to America.


35 posted on 03/25/2010 6:46:11 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Barney59

That would make a great bumpersticker or is it one already?


36 posted on 03/25/2010 6:48:21 PM PDT by hstacey
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To: MsLady
I am surprised and disappointed by the reaction of some pro-life groups in opposition to the Executive Order given the fact that these same groups embraced President Bush's Executive Order in June 2007 banning embryonic stem cell research.

sigh..let me explain it to Judas here..President Bush is PRO-LIFE..he will stand behind his eo on this issue..unlike the current occupant in the white house, who is the most pro-abortion president in the history of this nation..sigh..what a maroon..

37 posted on 03/25/2010 6:50:29 PM PDT by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: MsLady

In his letter Supidpak says “This Bill will affect every american”

What about the americans that will never be?

The unborn innocent americans that will never be?

Kick his ass out


38 posted on 03/25/2010 6:50:31 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: MsLady

Yeah and Obama reversed Bushes Executive order banning federal funding of stem cell research...

This guy is an idiot if he thinks the executive order means anything.


39 posted on 03/25/2010 6:53:05 PM PDT by CSI007
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To: Freeze923

Thank you...I will watch and wait. I’m actually keeping a little list of contributions I want to make in races around the country. I’m not a ‘big money donor’ by any means, but I want to do my part to affect certain races just like FReepers did here in Massachusetts with Scott Brown.


40 posted on 03/25/2010 6:53:55 PM PDT by LostInBayport (2010 - The Second American Revolution. The first shot was fired 1/19/2010 -- here in Massachusetts!)
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To: RightFighter
"Stupak had all the power - if he'd have stuck to his guns, he'd have gone down in history as one of the most courageous politicians ever - a man who put principle over party at the most critical time in the history of his party. Instead, he will be the Benedict Arnold of the healthcare legislation story."

He turned out to be the cheapest whore of the lot. I wonder what they had on him to make him roll over that easy. Or is it this simple. His love of socialism trumps everything else.

41 posted on 03/25/2010 6:56:48 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: MsLady
Stupak, your 'YES' vote gave President Obama - the most pro-abortion President this nation has ever had - the power to mandate that every insurer in America cover abortion. But then you knew that already.

The thing is that you really didn't sell out, because you never were pro-life to begin with.

42 posted on 03/25/2010 6:57:03 PM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: MsLady
Got a baby you don't want? No problem. Stupak the little mother f*er.
43 posted on 03/25/2010 6:57:08 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: blackbart.223

Good point!! I think Bart Stupid will go down as a Judas and a political whore. He is blasphemy in a striped suit.


44 posted on 03/25/2010 6:57:41 PM PDT by rogertarp
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To: Gene Eric
Bullcrap!!!

You got that right. When Republicans tried to insert the abortion-funding ban in the reconciliation, the ONLY Democrat to take the floor and speak out against it was Bart Stupak.

45 posted on 03/25/2010 6:59:50 PM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: blackbart.223

The roads where he’ll be going are paved with those same intentions.


46 posted on 03/25/2010 7:01:23 PM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: MsLady

bump


47 posted on 03/25/2010 7:03:35 PM PDT by VOA
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To: MsLady

Eat excrement and die, scumbag.


48 posted on 03/25/2010 7:05:16 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“I’ll say this though - Stupak had two-thirds of the nation eating out of the palm of his hand.”

Yes he did. However he proved there is no such thing as a pro-life dimoKKKRAT or blue dog dimoKKKRAT. He proved that a dimoKKKRAT cannot be trusted.


49 posted on 03/25/2010 7:07:24 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: rogertarp

What the heck is a “Drain Commissioner”?


50 posted on 03/25/2010 7:07:27 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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