The Senate's health bill might not even get 100 votes in the House, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said Wednesday.

Stupak, a centrist Democrat who voted for the first House health bill, said that there's virtually no chance that House Democrats would pass the Senate's healthcare package, and called for Democratic leaders to pursue a less sweeping version of healthcare reform.

"The Senate bill, and I know the leadership floated the idea over the weekend...wouldn't even get 100 votes," Stupak said during an appearance on the Fox Business Network. "There's quite a bit of differences between the House and Senate bill, and there's no appetite in the House for the Senate bill."


Those remarks come as Democrats, especially those in the House, mull how to proceed with healthcare. While passing the Senate bill as-is would mean the bill would go straight to President Barack Obama instead of back to the upper chamber, where it would have to pass another 60-vote threshold, a number of House Democrats have long expressed distaste for the Senate bill.

Stupak, the author of a controversial amendment to the House health bill restricting federal funds for insurance plans covering abortion, said the only solution was to scale back health reform proposals.

"If the Senate has to go through their procedural votes of 60 votes it's going to make it pretty darn near impossible to get an ambitious healthcare agenda," he said. "Now can we scale back the healthcare bill, and pass something and maybe even get a bipartisan piece of legislation? I'd like to see that."

The congressman, who's mulling a bid for governor of Michigan, also accused leaders of his own party in Congress along with the president of having "overreached" in the healthcare debate.

"Can I use the word overreached? They tried to hit a home run with healthcare, instead of hitting a single, hitting a double," he said. "It got too big, too controversial. And it's just, like, they overreached. This leadership, both the House and Senate and the presidency, have to be more in tune to what the people are saying."