What Was Gained With the Stupak Amendment

Brian Beutler talks to House Whip James Clyburn and reports that according to Clyburn the inclusion of Stupak’s amendment flipped a total of ten votes in favor of health reform that otherwise would have voted no. Given the closeness of the vote, that still would have been enough to make a difference. But it’s a lot smaller than the 40-vote bloc you sometimes see reported. And some of the “no” votes came from liberals like Dennis Kucinich and Brian Baird who might be relatively easy to persuade to vote yes on an un-Stupaked conference report.