By Molly K. Hooper - 03/21/10 11:01 PM EDT
House GOP Rep.
Joseph Cao will not vote for the president’s healthcare bill, even
after the White House on Sunday won over Democratic holdouts
who wanted stricter language against abortion funding.
Cao (R-La.) said that the deal that Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) struck with the White House for an executive order on abortion funding doesn’t go far enough.
The former seminarian was the lone Republican to support the House bill in November when it included Stupak’s language to ban federal funds from paying for abortion.
Stupak had been a holdout over the fact that the current healthcare bill does not include his strict language on abortion.
But the White House’s agreement to issue an executive order banning federal money from paying for abotion turned the Michigan Democrat to a “yes” vote on Sunday afternoon.
Cao said that an executive order is not sufficient.
“The executive order is not law; it can be changed by the next administration, it can be overturned by court order,” Cao said.