It's a likely ploy, given the controversy surrounding the abortion issue in the health care bill. Here's Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), via CNS
They think I shouldn’t be expressing my views on this bill until they get a chance to try to sell me the language...Well, I don’t need anyone to sell me the language. I can read it. I’ve seen it. I’ve worked with it. I know what it says. I don’t need to have a conference with the White House. I have the legislation in front of me here.
Sixty-four House Democrats supported Stupak when he put forward his amendment in the House version of the bill last month.