Three cheers for Bart Stupak

March 16, 2010

Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan is a good guy. He is to be commended for his courage and resolve in reference to his stand on the health care reform bill. Rep. Stupak has principles. His deep concerns on the abortion aspect of the bill and the "sweetheart deals" made behind closed doors show he puts moral and ethical values above party politics.

He wants to know what's in the final bill. He unlike House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to see all the details first before voting on this bill. Rep. Stupak said he only "trusts what he sees with his eyes and what's in the language of the bill." Not what some say but what is the actual documented wording. Also, he stated that he wants to know at what stage medical care kicks in once it's finalized.

Aren't these reasonable requests and a reasonable position for a true statesman of either party to take? Not to vote for a bill first, and see what's in it later like our Speaker of the House advocated. I think to do this is illegal and unconstitutional.

We can't allow any leaders, be they the president, his "czars," senators and/or other congressional leaders to subvert the will of the American people, be they Democrats or Republicans, black or white, religious or secular. Everyone has a right to know what's in any bills that we pass. No one should act above the law.

Again, three cheers for Rep. Stupak for reminding us of these important values with his own actions of integrity and objectivity. We need more leaders like Rep. Stupak.

Barbara A. Bloom, Owings Mills

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