Obama: remove Stupak amendment

Well, I’ve got to give him credit for chutzpah. President Obama simultaneously says that the health care bill should not fund abortion, and calls for the removal of the Stupak amendment that keeps it from funding abortion:

President Obama said today that Congress needs to change abortion-related language in the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives this weekend.

“I laid out a very simple principle, which is this is a health care bill, not an abortion bill,” Obama said. “And we’re not looking to change what is the principle that has been in place for a very long time, which is federal dollars are not used to subsidize abortions.”

Without a provision like the Stupak amendment, the bill will cover abortion. The president says that the provision should be removed, and that he’s not looking to cover abortion. He also says a bill that covers abortion would be a “health care bill”, but one that does not cover abortion is an “abortion bill”. George Orwell would be impressed.

(Via the Corner.)

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