NPR is known for its liberal stance. All things Obama are praised.
However here they produce a political analysis that makes sense of the debate about health care coverage. Though they clearly disagree they note that insisting on abortion could scuttle the health care deal.
Abortion Issue Could Derail Health Care Overhaul
by Julie Rovner Listen Now [4 min 31 sec]
Morning Edition, July 14, 2009 · More than nearly any other issue, abortion has the potential to throw a wrench into the already fragile gears of the major health care overhaul now starting to churn on Capitol Hill.
“I take a view that there’s almost anything [that can be compromised] in public affairs except probably the issue of abortion,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), one of the leading Republicans seeking a bipartisan health bill.
Already in the House, 19 Democrats have written House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowing not to vote for any health bill that includes abortion funding.
“We cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan,” said the letter, whose lead signers included Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Bart Stupak of Michigan and Minnesota’s Collin Peterson.
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