The news is changing fast and furiously on the health care front, with abortion continuing to be a major sticking point. There are conflicting signals over whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi can pass the bill without Rep. Bart Stupak and his allies, but she did confirm that there was a possibility of President Obama signing an executive order saying that there couldn’t be public funding for abortion. So did Steny Hoyer.
While we don’t yet have the details, it’s hard to see what could be accomplished through an executive order. You might recall, for instance, President Obama’s executive order about closing Guatanamo within a year.
UPDATE: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer just confirmed in a press conference that they wouldn’t pursue the “deem and pass” strategy. “We believe we have the votes,” he said. He also said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid showed House Democrats a letter signed by at least 50 Democrats in the Senate who said they would support reconciliation.
UPDATE II: National Right to Life Committee says that an executive order would not be able to fix the problem.
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