Well Worth Trying

November 18th, 2009at 07:25am Posted by Eli

Well Worth Trying

So Mel Watt pretends that his amendment to the Fed audit bill would increase transparency rather than destroying it, while Bart Stupak continues to pretend that his anti-abortion amendment to the healthcare reform bill does nothing more than preserve the status quo of the Hyde amendment, which prevents government money from paying for abortions.

If those are the fig leaves they choose to hide behind, then why don’t progressive Democrats call their bluffs by introducing amendments that actually do what the Watt and Stupak amendments purport to do?  Even if they don’t pass, it would be revealing to watch Watt and Stupak and their allies insist that these alternative bills are bad without being able to clearly explain why.

Actually, since the Stupak amendment has already passed in the House, the alternative would have to be introduced (and passed) in the Senate, and then prevail in the conference committee that reconciles the House and Senate versions.  The final vote on the merged bill would therefore be the point at which Stupak would start to have trouble articulating.

It’s one thing to call these wankers out – it’s quite another to actually force them to either give in or admit that they’re liars.

(NOTE: I’m not a huge fan of the Hyde amendment either, but it’s still far better than Stupak and probably politically impossible to repudiate altogether.  I’d like to see a fight to repeal it, just not as part of the fight for healthcare reform, which is uphill enough as it is.)

Entry Filed under: Choice,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Wankers


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