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Boehner to Obama: Why not invite Stupak to the health care summit?

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,John McCormack

The Susan B. Anthony List notes that today John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama asking that Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan be invited to tomorrow's health care summit. Stupak has taken the lead among pro-life Democrats in opposing taxpayer-funding of abortion in the health care bill.

President Obama pledged during his speech to a joint session of Congress in September that "no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions" in his health care plan. But right now there are multiple provisions in Obama's plan, which is based on the Senate bill, to provide public funding for abortion. If Obama wants to pass the bill, he'll either need the support of Stupak and other pro-life Democrats, or he'll need to flip 12 to 20 of the 39 Democrats who voted no the first time to vote yes now for a reconciliation bill.

Stupak talked about his opposition to Obama's plan on Fox News today. Watch it here.

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