Congressman Bart Stupak has helped tank the Medicare +5% reimbursement plan and single payer (italics mine):
The problem with an amendment strategy [for Medicare +5% and single-payer] is that the House leadership will likely not allow many, if any, amendments to be offered on the House floor. The reason is because of Bart Stupak, who is trying to defeat the entire bill by rounding up 40 House Democrats to demand that none of the insurance plans receiving subsidies in the exchange are allowed to cover abortions. If such an amendment passes–and the leadership believes that it would if offered on the floor–then the entire bill goes down to defeat, since it will lose the votes of dozens of pro-choice Democrats. As such, the leadership is going not going to allow any amendments, and make Stupak’s only move to try and prevent the bill from going to the floor at all. It is unlikely he will succeed.
Thanks for nothing, asshole.