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Supporters of health care bill to protest outside Lipinski's office


Adrian G. Uribarri

March 11, 2010 @ 7:15 AM

Rep. Dan Lipinski's change of heart is turning into a headache.

Lipinski, who represents the 3rd District of Illinois, supported the U.S. House's health care bill in November. But after the U.S. Senate made some changes to the legislation, he's said he would vote against it.

This afternoon, supporters of the bill will protest outside his LaGrange office and leave him pairs of shoes. The gesture is symbolic of their request that he walk in the shoes of those who have lost loved ones or health coverage as Congress debates reform.

"He has no excuse to rescind his support for this bill," according to a statement from the Campaign for Better Health. "At the end of the day, the health care legislation is about protecting the coverage of millions of Americans, and covering millions more."

Lipinski, a Democrat in a conservative suburban district, is among supporters of the Stupak amendment, which would restrict funding for abortions. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In its statement, the Campaign for Better Health argues that the Senate bill already prohibits federal money for abortion services, and that the language of the bill cannot be changed through reconciliation, a majority-rules measure the Obama administration may use to pass the bill.

The Campaign's rally begins at 4 p.m., outside the LaGrange Road Metra Station.

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