There’s word today that there may be an “Executive Order” being offered in an exchange for votes on the House bill.
The possible deal would focus on an executive order that would specify there would be no public funding for abortions in the healthcare bill.
Apparently, in an effort to persuade lawmakers to support this bill, the President of the United States is offering this executive order which will have no affect on the healthcare bill. An executive order cannot override or negate an existing law.
Abortion is legal and the health care bill, as written in the Senate version, will allow funding for abortions. If the House passes the bill today, it will become law with the President’s signature. The President of the United States cannot issue any executive order which overrides that current law.
No deal, with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) or anyone else, is worth the paper it is written on, if it includes an Executive Order.
On a side note, the President can reverse or alter any executive order by simply signing another executive order. There is no guarantee that the President will not do that.