Former Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak, who served as an important swing vote during President Obama's push to pass his signature heath care overhaul in 2010, now says the HHS mandate violates an Executive Order signed by the president and is plain "illegal."
Stupak, a pro-life Democrat, said at the time that he could not support Obamacare without the president's word that abortions would not be covered by the sweeping legislation.
Because he needed his vote, President Obama issued an Executive Order that supposedly ensured that abortions would absolutely not be covered by Obamacare. However, critics at the time argued that the presidential order was toothless and would not actually prevent abortions from being covered. Now, after retiring over President Obama's health care law, Stupak has seemingly realized that he was duped and is claiming that the HHS mandate violates the president's Executive Order and "statutory law."
He argues that because the mandate covers "contraceptive services" and drugs that induce abortion, the entire thing is "illegal."
"To tell you the truth, I am perplexed and disappointed having negotiated the executive order with the president." Stupak said during a panel discussion. "Not only does that HHS mandate violate the executive order, it also violates statutory law."
"If you go back to the Omnibus Budget Act of 2009, passed by Democratic House, Democratic Senate and signed by President Obama, that is probably the most specific particular language that no funds can be used to promote abortion," he added.
Talking about the HHS mandate, he said "I think it's illegal. I believe it has contraceptive services, it also has drugs that induce [abortions]."
Watch Stupak's remarks courtesy of RedState: