‘Top Line’ — Will Abortion Sink Health Care Reform?

By Matt Loffman

Mar 4, 2010 1:48pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Democratic leaders are fond of saying these days that they're trying to pass a health care bill, not an abortion bill. But — as Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., made clear again on ABC’s “Good Morning America” today — the health care reform bill is indeed an abortion bill to many opponents of abortion rights, in both parties. Stupak’s concern is that the Senate-passed version of the health care bill would open the door to federal funding of abortions, a point the White House and many other Democrats dispute. Can Democrats reach consensus on this? And do they even have any maneuvering room, given the limitations on what can be accomplished via the budget “reconciliation” process? That was the subject of our “Top Line” question of the day today. Responded @spoutinghorn — making a quite possibly critical point: “Considering the strategy the Senate is considering, the House would have to pass the Senate HC bill ‘as-is’ otherwise it isn't law.” On ABC’s “Top Line” today, we talked about the way forward for Democrats with Perry Bacon Jr., a national political reporter for The Washington Post. “I suspect they will kind of come up with some kind of third way,” Bacon said. “I think the House members are going to get some kind of agreement. I think Speaker Pelosi is going to be very direct about getting some kind of agreement about this from the Senate before they go forward.” We also chatted about the wave of bad news Democrats have been hit with — raising questions about whether the party was able to make good on its pledge to “drain the swamp” of Washington corruption.  Watch the segment with Perry Bacon HERE. We also featured a portion Sen. John McCain’s interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, part of Karl’s continuing “Subway Series” on ABCNews.com. Watch that segment of “Top Line” HERE.

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