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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You can’t fix Stupak.

Flange on March 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

This is a problem. You can’t just get it wrong, then say “sorry”.

Not with Obamacare, not with immigration, not with any legislation.

LilyBart on March 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Stupak. Is that spelled correctly?

Bmore on March 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

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

…from a known liar.

LilyBart on March 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Stupak: I got double-crossed on the contraception mandate

You lie!

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Was 30 pieces of Silver enough, Bart?

portlandon on March 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

“I’m an idiot,” -Bart Schtupnagel.

Akzed on March 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Cry me a river moron. Double-crossed my a$$. You knew exactly with whom you were dealing and if you didn’t you are willfully naive.

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on March 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Hey Bart… To little, to late, now STFD and STFU…

oscarwilde on March 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

No such thing as a pro-life dem.

nobar on March 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Bart Stupak; Captain Renault award winner of the decade!

wearyman on March 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

“Sorry I destroyed your country. What was I thinking?!” -Bart Schtupnagel.

Akzed on March 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Hey, Rube!

CDeb on March 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Oh please! Bart, you sold out your priniciples when you thought you had a better deal. You were the one who got Obamacare pushed through the House.

Die a miserable death you worthless toad.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Is he REALLY “shocked?”. Shocked that the Pro-Abortion Party, headed by the most Pro-Abortion President ever, would lie in order to get his vote?!?! Really, Bart either you were too stupid to be in Congress or you deserve to be unemployed as a lying Hack!

JFKY on March 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

“You can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes. You f’d up, you trusted us.” -Animal House of Representatives

mankai on March 13, 2014 at 2:39 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

Oh, give me a break. Everyone(yes, including Stupid Stupak) knew the moment that EO was signed that it was a meaningless gesture meant to provide cover for vulnerable Dems to give Pelosi the final votes she needed to ram through Obamacare.

Doughboy on March 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

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

We’re living in Animal House. Again!

22044 on March 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

He was told by Preezy that if he liked his House seat he could keep his House seat.

aquaviva on March 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Now he’s unhappy because his fellow Democrats promised him they’d respect conscience objections:

The walk of shame takes many forms. Democrats boo God and you thought they’d respect conscience objections? Hah!

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Better late than never, I suppose…

I’m not sure I really believe Stupak was that naively stupid, though.

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

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

I thought you were visited by the dread hammer? Or was that someone else?

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Pat Geary finds his pants.

cbenoistd on March 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

I’m not sure I really believe Stupak was that naively stupid, though.

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

About as naively stupid as Capt. Louis Renault.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

I’m not sure I really believe Stupak was that naively stupid, though.

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

He wasn’t. He thought the EO would give him political cover even as he had a chit he could use for future favors from Obama and Pelosi.

Even as late as last year the bastard was claiming that he was proud of his efforts to get Obamacare passed in the House. This is a complete reversal from that, IMO, because Obamacare has been such a debacle for Dems (not to mention Obamacare victims).

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

About as naively stupid as Capt. Louis Renault.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Renault wasn’t stupid, but dishonest…oh, I see. :P

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I have thought, ever since the vote, that someone should fund a statue of Stupak to be built in his hometown. It should be 9 feet tall, in a very prominent place downtown, and should show Stupak laughing while stabbing Uncle Sam in the back with a long knife with one hand, and holding a baby on a pitchfork over his head with the other hand.

That’s how I always think of him.

Tom Servo on March 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I thought you were visited by the dread hammer? Or was that someone else?

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

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

oscarwilde on March 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Stupak is a liar or in massive denial or has the discernment and naivete of an eight year old.

How could he think an EO was the proper way to restrict the abortion contraception mandate?

How could he think that Obama would keep his word?

Congress is full of stupid, self-serving liars.

INC on March 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

“That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”

Please, you were and are a coward, sir.

PattyJ on March 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Your complaint falls on deaf ears now. You voted for this monstrosity, and I don’t feel bad for you in the least.

You complain about being double-crossed. The rest of us, who were not fooled, were “single” crossed from the outset, BY YOU, despite our warnings.

Go jump in a lake.

The Schaef on March 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

This is a problem. You can’t just get it wrong, then say “sorry”.

Not with Obamacare, not with immigration, not with any legislation.

LilyBart on March 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

You can if you’re a democrat.

db on March 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The man was a career Navy man, an Admiral when he retired.

He sold his soul and his honor to the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.

You don’t need to be out here holding press conferences, sir. You need to go to Confession.

Adjoran on March 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

You need to go to Confession.

Adjoran on March 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

You must have a soul before you can go to confession…

oscarwilde on March 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

He got better.

Bmore on March 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Oh Bart… we all saw it coming… all of us, except you.

dpduq on March 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

AHEM.

This man is a liar. He had an unfortunate gaffe at a town hall meeting in which he told people what he actually thought.

lauraw on March 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Liar. You just wanted a face saving way to justify caving in. They pressured you and you folded. You’re a Dem. You know how your teammates play ball. Don’t feed me that crap.

307wolverine on March 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I’d like to extend the benefit to him, but he’s got a long road to walk.

22044 on March 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

The man was a career Navy man, an Admiral when he retired.

Adjoran on March 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Who you talkin’ about? Stupak was never an Admiral.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 2:54 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

My momma always saaaaaid … Stupak is as Stupak does

rlhjax on March 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I thought you were visited by the dread hammer? Or was that someone else?

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I was in the dungeon for years days :)

It’s dark, cold and damp in there, but Ed fed me water and bread, the good chap.

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

oscarwilde on March 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Yeah, a few million, just dough. Yellen will print more.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

This poser isn’t shocked at all. Remember not only that he caved, but how he caved. He gave a big speech on the House floor about how being pro-life meant supporting government health care, even at the expense of government-funded abortion. This is the exact same backwards b.s. that Wendy Davis claimed made her “pro-life” a month ago. He took a cheap attack on pro-lifers and tried to use it as a fig leaf to cover his slobbering support of Obama’s agenda.

There’s nothing to see here. Just a has-been who won’t ever represent his state again.

Caiwyn on March 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Given the slaughter of unborn life that will result from Stupak’s treachery, he’d better hope there’s a freight train to Purgatory, because his only other option is the Express to Hell.

matthew8787 on March 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Who you talkin’ about? Stupak was never an Admiral.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

He’s thinking of Sestak, I think.

steebo77 on March 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I was in the dungeon for years days :)

It’s dark, cold and damp in there, but Ed fed me water and bread, the good chap.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Welcome back. I hope it wasn’t too traumatic.

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Bmore, photoshop opportunity – please take this picture, or a better one, and make lobster claws dangle from her trap.

Thanks ahead. This topic will get big, as Kerry and obama push the global climate crap, to divert from their other domestic/foreign troubles.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM

The man was a career Navy man, an Admiral when he retired.

Adjoran on March 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Are you confusing him with Joe Sestak, who was a three-star admiral, Congressman, and suffered a humiliating defeat by Pat Toomey in the race for Arlen Specter’s former Senate seat?

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Welcome back. I hope it wasn’t too traumatic.

NotCoach on March 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Thank you. In many ways it was illuminating and cleansing. Don’t try it, though.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Lolz! ; )

Bmore on March 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Who are you, to set Admiral Adjoran straight.

So good to have you back.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Resist, something for your blog.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Suspension of disbelief is never a wise course of action.

ExpressoBold on March 13, 2014 at 3:05 PM

It should go without saying that who ever controls the food and water supply controls the entire population.

Sorry for the OT but this is significant.

Along with controlling healthcare, now food and water…tyranny pure.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Who you talkin’ about? Stupak was never an Admiral.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Turncoat Stupak is admiral of his bathtub.

He commands a fleet of Mattel’s finest.

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Harry Reid blames Ukraine standoff on Koch Bros. Well, them and Emmanuel Goldstein.

Teh ‘Toopid is so mind-numbingly strong with this one.

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

By now, anyone who claims to have been “blindsided” by Obama should be required to first prove their virginity.

PersonFromPorlock on March 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

So am I suppose to feel sorry for you? are you playing the victim card? The true victims are the million of babies that will be kiled because of your selfishness. You compromised on your principals for a promise on a piece of paper.

phatfawzi on March 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Mr. Stupak,”Tekel”.

Mason on March 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

AHEM.

This man is a liar. He had an unfortunate gaffe at a town hall meeting in which he told people what he actually thought.

lauraw on March 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Thank you for posting that. I was willing to give him the benefit that he was stupid. (Still not forgiving him for his stupidity, but given how much Democrats lie, I’m sure they lie to their useful idiots as well.)

Instead, he was lying on the House floor and lying now.

I’m feeling very unchristian towards this lying, duplicitous, backstabbing, blackhearted devil right now.

makattak on March 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Jeh Johnson (DHS) is going to testify before congress in a few minutes.

Will blame the Malaysia airplane thing on not having enough money in his budget to prevent such things.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

PersonFromPorlock on March 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Whoops, wrong post. But it fits anyway.

PersonFromPorlock on March 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Hmmmm…. I seem to remember a coalition of so called Blue Dog Democrats who said that they would resist due to conscience, but caved as it is party first for these guys. Then, he claimed that he received death threats by the very people he claimed he was fighting for. I hope you enjoy your private life, and I hope you never win another election

Brock Robamney on March 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

You can’t fix Stupak.

Flange on March 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Flange brings it. Again.

DanMan on March 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

No sympathy for Stupak whatsoever…

As Ed correctly noted:

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.

Pretty much everything about Obamacare was predicated on a lie – right up to the premise that Obamacare was all about ‘fixing’ healthcare. Stupak caved on his principles – and trusted the lies of the President and of Nancy Pelosi. He had the opportunity to stop the EpicClusterFark at it’s start – and didn’t have the moral fortitude to do so. Except for as much as Obama and Sebelius does, he owns responsibility for this EpicClusterFark.

Don’t confuse him for being a victim. He was lied to, but he still caved on his principles because it was the easier path.

Athos on March 13, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Mr. Stupak,”Tekel”.

Mason on March 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

And probably “Mene”, too.

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Yeah, there was Stupak, but there were also all the other Dem reps who voted for it. It’s still staggering to me that even if they supported the broad goals of healthcare reform in principle, NONE of them objected to the method of ramming the ‘bill no one could read’ through the House so fast. Oh, maybe some had objections… but not enough to vote no and urge a more deliberative do-over.

Marcola on March 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

No sh#$ Sherlock. A Stupak is as a Stupak does. I hope he finds some dark hole to climb in with the rest of the trolls that voted for Obozocare.

Krupnikas on March 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Really, Bart either you were too stupid to be in Congress or you deserve to be unemployed as a lying Hack!

JFKY on March 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Would that there were such a thing as too stupid to be in Congress.

SoRight on March 13, 2014 at 3:20 PM

You can’t fix Stupak.

Flange on March 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

+1

and first out of the gate :-)

MJBrutus on March 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

ROTFLMAO… From Google…

If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…

My answer… It would be something that allowed me to inject, common sense, decency, morals, ethic’s, intelligence and a soul back into Liberals...

oscarwilde on March 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Klink, you IDIOT!
///

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Klink Stupak, you IDIOT!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I am shocked that Stupack is shocked.

Democrats lie. And they lie all the time.

RUexperienced on March 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

If you like your political deal, you can keep your political deal…. NOT

This joke never get’s old :)

SpudmanWP on March 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Bart Stupak had held out for statutory prohibitions on abortion funding through ObamaCare but settled instead for an ambiguous executive order —

Bart Stupid had held out for statutory prohibitions on abortion funding through ObamaCare but settled instead for an ambiguous executive order —

FIFY

jaydee_007 on March 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM

SoRight…I concede your point.

JFKY on March 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM

So, the double crosser is now complaining to the people that he double crossed. I hope he can sleep at night knowing that he will have a part in the murder of future unborn humans. A pro-life dem, (yea, right..) isn’t that considered a oxy-MORON?

One_If_By_Land on March 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

This guy practically engineered the deal. He was fully aware of the consequences. It will take longer than 4 yrs for me to forget his role in this cluster.

kpguru on March 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Today, as a private citizen, I’m proud to stand with the Green and Hahn families and their corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood

Is he offering to pay their legal fees for having to protect themselves against this unconstitutional exercise of federal power?

BuckeyeSam on March 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Stuck on stupak.

Ward Cleaver on March 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Benedict Arnold: King G promised he’d let the USA have their own free country if I switched sides. I swear that he said it!

kpguru on March 13, 2014 at 3:32 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.

What a sap.

Ward Cleaver on March 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

On the plus side, Stupak proved once and for all that there is no such thing as a Blue Dog Democrat.

Occams Stubble on March 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Double crossed insinuates there was ever a chance that a reasonable person would expect the administration to hold up their end of the bargain.

CycloneCDB on March 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Now he’s unhappy because his fellow Democrats promised him they’d respect conscience objections:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOXtWxhlsUg

David in San Diego on March 13, 2014 at 3:39 PM

The Catholic Church ironically played a role in this disaster, as well (I’m a lifelong Catholic). Recall in November 2009 Pelosi needed the “pro-life Dems” via the Stupak amendment to get her House bill across the finish line. And the Senate wouldn’t move until the House did.

John Shadegg, then a prominent House Republican, along with the then-minority GOP leadership (including Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy), explained to Catholic leaders what would ultimately happen to the unborn with this worthless amendment and EO — so, the GOP told the Catholic Church, PLEASE let the GOP vote against Stupak, thereby denying Pelosi her bill. But the Church refused, insisted on “scoring” the amendment, which meant that every GOP member had to vote FOR Stupak.

The Church’s position at the time: at every occasion the Church must stand for the unborn. IMHO that’s fine in principle, but not when the Church is dealing with people who are deliberately dishonest and evil.

We’ll never know what would have happened, but had the Stupak amendment failed, it would have delayed Obamacare in the House for at least two weeks or more, and not allowed Reid to pull his Christmas Eve stunt in time — and Scott Brown might have gotten to DC in time, although they could have pulled the reconciliation stunt again.

If, if, if… and hindsight is 20-20. But Shadegg, Boehner, and others in the GOP leadership were correct from the get-go on this.

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

matthew8787 on March 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Is getting double crossed what they call selling your soul these days?

pannw on March 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

You can’t fix Stupak.

Flange on March 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

+1 from me, also. Well played, sir.

RI_Red on March 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

You can’t fix Stupak.

Flange on March 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

but you can vote it out of office, so long as the bulk of the electorate isn’t stupak as well…….

djm1992 on March 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Another rube self-identifies…

I mean, Stupak believed a guy who said “I’ll just change the law on a whim to fit what’s politically expedient”. Did he REALLY believe Obama would never change it back?

SaveFarris on March 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

On the plus side, Stupak proved once and for all that there is no such thing as a Blue Dog Democrat.

Occams Stubble on March 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Ben Nelson did his part to prove this, too. Don’t forget about him!

djm1992 on March 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

“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

Hard to believe this useful idiot for Obama’s “legacy” has the absolute gall to still hang around and pretend he cares about the rights of pro-lifers, and the unborn.
What a complete tool.
If he really gave a REAL rat’s – ass , maybe he could sue Obamacare , and have legal standing. He could claim they lied to him and therefore damaged him.
What a moron.
I don’t believe for one stinking second he was deceived.

builderD on March 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

He sold out for a glittery bauble.

I have no sympathy.

Jay Galt on March 13, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I can’t claim to speak for God, but I doubt “I got double-crossed by someone who I knew was a liar” is going to fly as an excuse.

northdallasthirty on March 13, 2014 at 3:58 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

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