House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a long interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow yesterday, accused Republicans of hijacking the “good intentions” of pro-life Democrats such as Rep. Bart Stupak in order to kill health care reform.
“This bill is not about abortion. This is about health care for all Americans. And those who want the bill to fail hijack the good intentions of others who have concerns about the federal funding of abortion,” Pelosi said, asserting that there is no federal funding of abortion in any proposed health care bill.But Stupak (D-MI) himself, she said, wouldn’t kill the bill over abortion, despite his threats to do so.
“Bart Stupak wants health care reform. This is something he understands. … I don’t think that he’s part, that he himself would be one to say, ‘I’m taking down health care reform because of it,'” she said. “But I think others who are part of that, who have stronger connections to the Republican Party, do want to bring down the bill.”
Pelosi said she those “others” are Republicans, not Democrats.
“I cannot let the good intentions of some on a subject that is very important to them be hijacked by those who do not want health care reform,” she said.