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The vote

Published March 19. 2010 05:00PM

After an incredible amount of arm-twisting and wooing surrounding the congressmen in Washington this week, much of it by the president himself, it appears that health care reform or Obamacare as some call it will be coming up for a vote on Sunday.

This has been one of the hardest political fights in years as it should, given the fact that the massive legislation will comprise one-sixth of the economy. If you believe in polls and most elected officials do, especially leading up to election day then Americans are opposed to the president's sweeping overhaul of the health care system.

A Rasmussen Reports survey this week found that 43 percent favored the health care plan proposed by Obama and congressional Democrats, while 53 percent opposed it. Those findings also include 23 percent who Strongly Favor the plan and 46 percent who Strongly Oppose it.

This weekend's vote is expected to once again fall mainly down party lines with the exception of one group that represents an influential voting block pro-life Democrats. Led by Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak, the contingent has become known as the "Stupak Dozen."

Even under intense pressure from liberal colleagues and the White House itself, Stupak has stood firm. The health care fight has been so intense that to avoid harassment, his wife even disconnected the phone in their home.

A recent poll conducted by Zogby International, however, showed that by a voter advantage of 48-42 percent, American's agree with Stupak's belief that Obamacare will change the current law and allow taxpayer-funded abortions. Ten percent were not sure.

According to Brad O'Leary, publisher of The O'Leary Report newsletter, which commissioned the poll, the numbers prove that people don't want taxpayers to have to foot the bill for elective abortions.

Stupak said in a Good Morning America interview that he does want to see health care reform, though not the brand being peddled by Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"We must have health care but, boy, there are some principles and beliefs that some of us are not going to pass. We're not going to bypass some principles and beliefs that we feel strongly about," Stupak said.

One of his colleagues in the House, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, made news a few days ago by changing his vote on Obamacare from a no to a yes. Obama desperately wanted Kucinich's vote, wooing him aboard Air Force One earlier in the week while on a trip to northeastern Ohio to make a presidential speech.

It's good to see a lawmaker like Congressman Stupak, who won't compromise his principles, not even for a ride on the president's plane.

By Jim Zbick

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