Stupak: I got double-crossed on the contraception mandate

posted at 2:31 pm on March 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this a quick follow-up to my earlier post on the National Journal “primer” on the HHS contraception mandate. A day or so ago, the one man who might have stopped ObamaCare at the final hour now says he got shafted. Bart Stupak had held out for statutory prohibitions on abortion funding through ObamaCare but settled instead for an ambiguous executive order — and saw his political career crash to an end. Now he’s unhappy because his fellow Democrats promised him they’d respect conscience objections:

Today, as a private citizen, I’m proud to stand with the Green and Hahn families and their corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, in seeking to uphold our most cherished beliefs that we, as American citizens, should not be required to relinquish our conscience and moral convictions in order to implement the Affordable Care Act. …

[W]e received an ironclad commitment that our conscience would remain free and our principles would be honored. With our negotiations completed and our legislative intent established by the colloquy, we agreed to an executive order directing federal agencies to respect America’s longstanding prohibitions on government funding of abortion and most relevant here, to respect longstanding protections for individuals and organizations conscientiously opposed to participating in or facilitating abortions.

I was deeply concerned and objected to the HHS mandate that required all health plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives, including four drugs and devices that could terminate human life at its earliest stages by preventing an embryo’s implantation in the womb. The FDA’s own labeling statements, as well as other studies, indicate that drugs such as the 5-day-after pill (Ella), as well as intrauterine devices (IUDs), may operate this way. The Greens and the Hahns cannot, in good conscience, risk subsidizing actions that may take human life.

Democrats from Obama on down promised that people could keep their current plans, keep their preferred doctors, pay lower premiums, and have a website that works. Sorry to see former Rep. Stupak shocked, shocked about being betrayed, but that’s the way most of us felt about Rep. Stupak when he caved on his principles in the first place.

Also, how long does Stupak expect that EO to remain in effect after this? Just asking…


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“I say stupid white men are always the problem. That’s never going to change.” — Michael Moore

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

And they don’t come along more stupid than Michael Moore, Wolf Blitzer, Joe Biden, Al Gore, and Obama.

Though Sheila Jackson-Lee, Mad Maxine Waters, Cymfia McKinney, Juan Williams, Cornel West, Rachel Jeantel, Angria Mitchell, Katie Couric, Patty Murray, Miss Piggy Landrieu, Barbara Boxer, Barbara Streisand, do their best to challenge that theory.

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Another stupid

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

This man is a buffoon and he is going down in history as a buffoon. What a legacy.

cptacek on March 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Considering how honest and careful to keep his promises the President had been up to that time, it’s perfectly Stupak to assume this promise would have been kept.
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Wow, I didn’t really intend to write that line out that way, but my subconscious got the better of my typing fingers.

s1im on March 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Wasn’t there an Admiral Stockman ( or someyhing like that ) that ran for V.P. In the 90′s. He was in a debate and sais something like “What am I doing up here”?

Whiterock on March 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

That was Stockdale during the Gore campaign.

“Who am I? Why am I here?”

An honorable man, apparently, whose big mistake was aligning himself with the Human Orange…Al Gore.

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Perot-Stockdale. 1992

Whiterock on March 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

So Bart Stupack had an iron-clad guarantee? I guess he didn’t realize that those are the quickest to sink?

My best advice to the Green and Hahn families is this: “Bart Stupack says he’s standing with you. Just make sure he doesn’t stand behind you. Because if Bart Stupack is patting you on the back, it means he’s just looking for a soft spot to stick the knife in.”

potkas7 on March 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Vice Admiral. Hey pretty good recall for my age

Whiterock on March 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Perot-Stockdale. 1992

Whiterock on March 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Yeah, that sounds about right.

I guess I edited Gore’s running-mate Pervert Edwards from memory.

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Yeah, that sounds about right.

I guess I edited Gore’s running-mate Pervert Edwards from memory.

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM

No, wait that was Holy Joe Lieberman wasn’t it?

FIFM

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

A customer of mine who was quite close to Stupak said that immediately after the ACA passed, Stupak said to him: “Jim, I was screwed over”

Uh yup. but what he did to the rest of the country (I don’t think it would have passed without Stupak and his merry band of D renegades) was really screw us all over.

Good title. It rings of TRUTH.

Jason Gillman on March 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

The Democrats have a long history of wanting to fund abortions. And Bart Stupack thought they would give it all up to make him happy? Now he realizes that he was a small speed bump in their plans. First class moron and tool.

Mallard T. Drake on March 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

providing 32 million Americans with access to quality, affordable health care

- Bart Stupid

You would have to be nearly retarded to believe that this claim is true. Stupid wasn’t pushed by anyone … he jumped. He’s retarded.

Jaibones on March 13, 2014 at 4:18 PM

The American people and particularly Republicans in congress owe Joe Wilson an apology. When he said, “You lie,” he couldn’t have been more right.

Christian Conservative on March 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

The utter and complete vindication has to be satisfying. The leftists only blather about “speaking truth to power” – he actually did it. I actually don’t agree with the venue — he should have given a statement to the press afterwards, not interrupted SOTU — but no one can doubt he was right.

inviolet on March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Yeah, he was “screwed” over – no, he was unsmart to believe Democrats. Unfortunately, too many of them lie and they don’t care. Lying just gets easier and easier once you have enough opportunities to practice doing it.

We have a situation in MN that has cost us two MN house seats, and possibly a third when Rs voted to support SSM (their votes were not necessary – would have passed no matter what). Why did they do it? They were “protecting a church’s right” to not have to perform SSM. Want to guess how long that “promise” holds? The Dems still control everything this session. I’m betting about 24 hours before the end, the exemption for the churches will be voided.

When will people wake up – everyone will lose in the end with this behavior.

MN J on March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Like that sleazeball Nelson from Nebraska they only regret treachery when it backfires on them.

Not to mention Dirtbag Lugar.

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Not to mention Dirtbag Lugar.

Lugar never voted for Obamacare, in committee, in cloture, or on final passage.

matthew8787 on March 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM

No, “ironclad” would be, you know, IN THE LAW. What you got was empty assurance.

And yes, I know that even what is IN THE LAW is not ironclad. But if you truly believed the assurances of politicians, you’re more Stupak than I thought.

MC88 on March 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

PERFECT caption, Ed. With respect to the honorable Stupak, what did he expect?

Respectfully,

Brian P.

pendell2 on March 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Just as Degeneres sounds like Degenerate so does Stupak sound like Stupid. You were played dummy. I blame him for every death that is coming from people not being able to receive needed medical care because of the stupid law he helped to pass. Eat it Bart. I hope you choke to death on it!

neyney on March 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

That’s a big club Bart. Don’t worry though, you can keep your doctor!

pgrossjr on March 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

If you like your ironclad assurances, you can keep your ironclad assurances.

SpudmanWP on March 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

He was fired. Stupak spelled backwards is Kaputs. Another stupid liberal Cafeteria Catholic.

nobama1267 on March 13, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Stupak? Try Stupid

Whitey Ford on March 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Sorry Judas, enjoy those 30 pieces of silver.

Wander on March 13, 2014 at 5:01 PM

He was… then he blackmailed bribed Ed… <—- shocked look on face….. Just kidding…

oscarwilde on March 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Au contrary mon amy! Ed “Bishoped” in the McClatchy thread and won a huge prize. Shad stepped in and prevented the usual Dire and Bishop hijack of said prize.

katy the mean old lady on March 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Republicans might make the same mistake with a border and enforcement ‘mandate’ that is part of any amnesty bill.

Wigglesworth on March 13, 2014 at 5:21 PM

He didn’t get double-crossed. He knew exactly what was going to happen. He allowed himself to be used, what we don’t know is what he got in return?

lonestar1 on March 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Willing co-conspirator.

Lee Jan on March 13, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Live by the executive order; Die by the executive order

Connecticut on March 13, 2014 at 5:52 PM

A day or so ago, the one man who might have stopped ObamaCare at the final hour now says he got shafted. Bart Stupak had held out for statutory prohibitions on abortion funding through ObamaCare but settled instead for an ambiguous executive order — and saw his political career crash to an end. Now he’s unhappy because his fellow Democrats promised him they’d respect conscience objections…

Bart Stupak danced with the devil. What did he expect would happen? He’d get a box o’ chocolates or a bouquette of posies? Nancy Pelosi got a great big laugh out of the resulting betrayal.

Lourdes on March 13, 2014 at 5:58 PM

When you trick a gullible, talentless buffoon, it’s not a ‘double cross’.
More like “giving the idi*t what he richly deserves”.

Which you should have known all along, Mr Stupak.
Idi*t.

orangemtl on March 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Stupak: I got double-crossed on the contraception mandate

Stupid!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM

He didn’t get blindsided on Obamacare’s contraception mandate. He willingly went along with the lie and laughed at us as he left Congress with a lifetime income. Now he’s trying to mislead us again. Maybe he figures that once enough time has passed, he’ll be able to make another run at politics. Ordinary Americans, after all, in the view of most Democrats, are stupid rubes who can be snookered over and over again.

Bottom line: he’s a Democrat and Democrats lie. I can’t put it more simply.

hachiban on March 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Hey Stupak, told you so.

NCPatriot75 on March 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

He got “double crossed” because he desperately wanted to be “double crossed.”

BillCarson on March 13, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Stupak and the other “Pro Life Democrats” weren’t stupid and they weren’t ‘double crossed’, either.

They were bullied and had their arms twisted to the point of breaking by Pelosi, Reid, and company, and they were alternately, coaxed and cajoled, and offered deals that made them comfortable enough to vote for ObamaCare.

They sold their souls for the sake of the Democrat party and passage of the First Black President’s ‘signature legislation’.

Now they’re uncomfortable living with the fact that they marched, lock step, voting for ObamaCare when they knew it was selling out, thus revealing that the “Pro Life Democrats” were a myth, and they were revealed as simply a convenient political contrivance.

But they don’t have to feel alone. The “moderates” and the “Bluedogs” in the Democrat party also made themselves extinct on that vote, selling their ‘principles’ to vote with the progressives in the name of ‘party unity’ and in order to secure The First Black President’s ‘signature legislation’ and begin their reign in what Carville declared would be the shape of American politics “…for the next 40 years.”

When asked about the lost seats and what she and the other progressives had forced the moderates, Bluedogs, and Pro Life Democrats to do in voting lock step with the uber left of the party, losing those groups their seats and exposing them as simply a political contrivance, Pelosi glibly replied ‘It makes our party stronger.’

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2014 at 6:16 PM

“Got” double-crossed is the wrong term. He knew who he was dealing with and what the ramifications were. “Got” is wrong – “Allowed” is more accurate.

No cookies for Bart.

famous amos on March 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Sorry Judas, enjoy those 30 pieces of silver.

Wander on March 13, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Hey be fair. Stupak got his 30 pieces of silver and 15 minutes of thinking that the rat-eared wonder actually liked and respected him. Bill Clinton’s “girls” didn’t even get that (though the ones that were not raped really should have demanded payment).

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Morrissey, you GD buffoon, Stupak knew exactly what was happening. He’s a graduate of a third tier law school, a back bencher in Congress…but he happens to land a seven figure salary after his vote??

Do the math

beedubya on March 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Sell Out!

Stupak you sold out the UP, thanks for making a fine example. Now you are going to try to play it like you were tricked? Good Lord if you couldn’t see this coming, it was right in front of your face. So I’m not buying the “I was tricked” BS.

Gutless, sell out. Please don’t ever come back, stay in Washington with the rest of the gutless liars. You should have brought your spine with you to Washington instead of leaving it here in the UP. If you ever had one.

WelfareWonderland on March 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

WelfareWonderland on March 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

good handle for a yooper.

8 weight on March 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

[W]e received an ironclad commitment that our conscience would remain free and our principles would be honored

Hell’s bells, man! WE didn’t believe zero’s lies! Why did YOU??

Newtie and the Beauty on March 13, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Well, since “Borked” entered the English language over 20 years ago, why not “Stupaked”?

He Who Some Call A Traitor on March 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

The word is “schtup”…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Only way this guy should be given a pass, is if he hits the trail against every Dem incumbent.

He doesn’t have to say “vote for the Repub”, but he has to say “They voted for X. Obama and his Admin lied. They cannot be trusted. What does Congressman/Senator believe”?

That’s it. Because if the Dem says anything else but, “yes, they did lie”, then they’re lying on behalf of Obama.

budfox on March 13, 2014 at 7:41 PM

He didn’t get double-crossed. He knew exactly what was going to happen. He allowed himself to be used, what we don’t know is what he got in return?

lonestar1 on March 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

He’s no longer job-locked…does that count?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Am I supposed to really believe him?

SouthernGent on March 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Barack Husein Blutarsky: You f***** up. You trusted us.
Francisco D’Anconia: Brother, you deserved it.

jvermeer on March 13, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Proof that from Top to Bottom a Democrat is always willing to tell you anything for the so called better cause, even if it is lying to another Democrat. We all begged Stupak not to do it.

Nat George on March 13, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Latest proof positive that Libs eat their own: Bart Stupak

Add him to the dug heap of useful idiots- Millennials, Minorities, Mainstream Media,… augment the list while you play amongst yourselves.

socalcon on March 13, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Bart needs to lunch with Joe Wilson.

socalcon on March 13, 2014 at 8:57 PM

If you like your House Seat you can keep your House Seat.

NYCMike on March 13, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Lying liars lie.

jukin3 on March 13, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Do the math

beedubya on March 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Hey, dipsh!t. Ed didn’t post the piece because he thinks Stupid is a great guy. He’s just quoting him and I’m pretty sure mocking him.

Sorry to see former Rep. Stupak shocked, shocked about being betrayed, but that’s the way most of us felt about Rep. Stupak when he caved on his principles in the first place.

They taught us reading comprehension in grade school. You?

Jaibones on March 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM

PS Welcome to Hotair. Don’t fuc* with our bloggers until you’ve been here a while.

Jaibones on March 13, 2014 at 9:18 PM

He’s not a buffoon. He’s a liar who sold his principles so he could sit at the table with the pro-abortion leaders on the House side. He was not tricked. He was not fooled. No one believed for one moment that Obama planned on protecting anyone but the abortion factories that help fund his socialist utopia.

There are no pro-life Democrats.

doufree on March 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

This doesn’t say a lot for your intelligence, Bart.

Laura Castellano on March 13, 2014 at 10:15 PM

they only regret treachery when it backfires on them.

Not to mention Dirtbag Lugar.

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Not to mention Dirtbag Lugar.

Lugar never voted for Obamacare, in committee, in cloture, or on final passage.

matthew8787 on March 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Did I say Lugar voted for Obamacare? No.

Did I say Lugar only regret(s) treachery when it backfires on him? Yes.

Especially after IN primaried the fool.

*****
I suspect the first thing Turtle (KY) will do if he manages to get reelected (or even if he doesn’t) will be to vent then turn coat 180.

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Yeah, my congress critter at the time representing OH-1 was a part of that coalition that was with Stupak, and he voted for O-care too, as well as at the time voting for the Cap and Tax bill that died in the Senate that year, I enjoyed heavily pulling the lever against him in 2010.

Leopard1996 on March 13, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Stupid Stupak knew exactly what was going to happen. Most of them did, either because of their negotiating for the brass rings or dealing with buddies that negotiating for gimmies.

Just another CYA day for another bum that should be jettisoned to the curb.

Diluculo on March 13, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Then grow a pair and call Obama a liar on national tv. Don’t tell us. We’ve known for years

jaywemm on March 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

As a citizen of MI I can tell you nobody is feeling sorry for Stupek!! He sold us out.

Bullhead on March 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

It’s quite possible that he has deluded himself in order to assuage some feelings of guilt.

Dems, after all, are mentally ill. Otherwise they wouldn’t be Dems.

justltl on March 14, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Hey, Stupak! Here’s a message from your former boss, Big Bro O, quoting the immortal words of Otter…

“You f’ed up… you trusted us!”

farsighted on March 14, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Refuse to feel bad.
Even as Stupack sold out
Knew it was a lie

He just needed to cover his butt with a convenient lie. The White House was only too happy to provide him with one. For him to act, at this late date, as if he did not know all along that the abortion mandate ban was a fraud requires “willing suspension of disbelief”, to quote Hillary Clinton.

There is a very good reason that Bart Stupack will be remembered for generations of Americans as a shameless political hack. If he wants to rehabilitate his image now… Sorry, I’m not buying.

Haiku Guy on March 14, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Sorry Judas, enjoy those 30 pieces of silver years of Federal pension payments.

Wander on March 13, 2014 at 5:01 PM

FIFY :(

blammm on March 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Stupak: I got double-crossed on the contraception mandate lied.

Fixed.

Physics Geek on March 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

God, I always thought that Charles Blow had the perfect last name.

Lord, thank you for the stitches.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

The best name ever was the mayor of Ft. Wayne Indiana, Harry Baals. Recently they tried to name a rec center after their long time mayor. The community protested because of how his name sounded. The Harry Balls Recreation Center.

Conservative4Ever on March 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

The best name ever was the mayor of Ft. Wayne Indiana, Harry Baals. Recently they tried to name a rec center after their long time mayor. The community protested because of how his name sounded. The Harry Balls Recreation Center.

Conservative4Ever on March 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

There was a story on the wires back when the first Wayne’s World movie came out. There was a candidate running for some local office somewhere by the name of Schwing. His campaign couldn’t figure out why all their lawn signs kept disappearing.

CurtZHP on March 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Translation: “I didn’t know how things really work in congress. I trusted Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. I had no ethical problem with the way the ACA was crafted and passed.”

Shay on March 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Stupak was warned that Obamacare contained pro-abortion language, but chose to ignore the people that were telling him the truth and believe the liars. I have no use for the man.

WestTexasBirdDog on March 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Why does my iPhone auto-correct keep changing Stupak to Stupid?

Nutstuyu on March 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Stuck Fupak.

Nutstuyu on March 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

What did Stupak (and his enthusiastic bishops) think would happen by trusting a man that fought aggressively for slaughtering fully alive babies outside the womb? Perhaps the social justice agenda was more important–even important enough to violate the principle of subsidiarity?

Don L on March 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

W]e received an ironclad commitment that our conscience would remain free and our principles would be honored. With our negotiations completed and our legislative intent established by the colloquy, we agreed to an executive order directing federal agencies to respect America’s longstanding prohibitions on government funding of abortion and most relevant here, to respect longstanding protections for individuals and organizations conscientiously opposed to participating in or facilitating abortions.

And therein lies the problem, when you negotiate and agree with n principled people you come out as a fool, however, I for not one minute believe Stupak did not know this and he is just a liar, who knew exactly what would happen. Too late to stand with these plaintiffs as if you expected any different outcome from your vote fool.

take responsibility on March 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Stupak is as Stupak does…

He’s not the only ‘chump’… Most of our religious leaders and professional Catholics are in the same boat as Stupak, to my shame as a practicing Catholic myself…

shinty on March 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

This man is a buffoon and he is going down in history as a buffoon. What a legacy.

cptacek on March 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Stupak can stand next to Chief Justice Gumby “I must contort reality as much as possible to deem a law constitutional” Roberts.

in_awe on March 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

If he believed anything a democrat told him, he shouldn’t have been in politics. It sounds like he wants to make a comeback

Old eagle on March 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Men lie to women. Women lie to themselves. Stupak is nothing but a plaino Democrat.

philoise65 on March 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

I hope he lives in a world of sleepless nights and worrisome days but that’s probably not going to be the case since he has no soul….he gave it to the devil in exchange for a promise

jaywemm on March 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

As I recollect, there were several legislators who sold their political souls for some sweetheart deal or empty promise in order to get their vote for the ACA disaster.

I doubt there is a single one of them who is glad they made that trade now.

Any public representative who has such poor judgement as to depend on the integrity of Barak Obama, can not be trusted to look after the interests of the people they represent.

Stupak decided not to seek re-election. I only wish the voters of Michigan had been afforded the pleasure of kicking him out of office in disgrace like he deserved.

s1im on March 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

My point is that the Church is culpable for their own naivete.

matthew8787 on March 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

I agree. My Church is capable of incredible stupidity, and nothing was so stupid as assuming that Caesar was an honest man.

unclesmrgol on March 16, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Wow, sitting at home about 600 miles from DC on that Sunday, March 21, 2010, even I could tell that Stupakid was making a colossal mistake. Call it what you want Bart–shafted or duped or whatever–it was a stupid move and you sold us out–ALL Americans, not just your MI constituents.

stukinIL4now on March 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Silver lining. That seat is now firmly red.

karenhasfreedom on March 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

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