Stupak goes a packin’ – Rep. Bart Stupak to retire after last-second deal on healthcare

Bart Stupak announced that he is retiring early.

Rep. Bart Stupak is expected to announce his retirement Friday, weeks after his critical role in healthcare’s passage.

Stupak, the centrist Michigan Democrat who crafted a last-second deal on abortion that allowed President Barack Obama’s healthcare bill to pass the House and become law, will say during a press conference Friday morning that he won’t pursue reelection this fall.

Stupak has been wrestling with whether to retire for weeks, and the brutal healthcare fight certainly played a role in his decision.

A little more than a week before the healthcare bill was approved by the House, Stupak told The Hill that fighting the bill had been “a living hell.”

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