Kildee Breaks From Stupak Over Senate Abortion Language

Posted March 9, 2010 at 8:08pm

Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.), a key supporter of Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-Mich.) anti-abortion language intended for the health care bill, said Tuesday night that he’s satisfied the Senate abortion language prohibits federal funding of abortions and will likely vote for the bill.

“I think the Senate language keeps the purpose of the Hyde amendment,” Kildee told reporters. “I’ll probably vote for it.”

Kildee’s conversion undermines the position of Stupak, his fellow Michigan Democrat who has been demanding changes to the Senate bill.

House Democratic leadership aides have predicted that they could perhaps cut the losses from Stupak’s coalition to a handful instead of the 10 or more Members he says will vote to bring down the Senate health care bill unless their demands are met.

The Senate bill requires people to pay for the abortion portion of their insurance with their own money using separate checks. The Stupak language would prohibit insurance plans paid for in part with federal subsidies from offering abortion coverage. Stupak considers the Senate language to be inadequate because the insurance would not be affordable without federal aid.