Former Congressman reflects on his career, personal tragedy and legacy

Former U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-1st District, Michigan) appears on CW 14 Focus with Robert Hornacek

(WCWF) -- This week on CW 14 Focus host Robert Hornacek will be joined a man who some say is the reason the Affordable Care Act became law.

Former Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak will appear on the show. Stupak represented the Upper Peninsula for 18 years in the House of Representatives.

On the show, Stupak will discuss his career in Congress and how his life was changed by personal tragedy.

During the health care debate in 2009, Stupak led a group of Democratic lawmakers in an effort to ensure the bill did not include government funding for abortion.

Stupak has written a book about the health care debate: “For All Americans: The Dramatic Story Behind the Stupak Amendment and the Historic Passage of Obamacare.”

“The real story had to get out,” Stupak said of the book.

On the show, Stupak will also talk about the death of his son B.J. who died by suicide in 2000.

“When you have a life so precious to you just ripped out of your heart and soul, in a way I sort of re-committed myself to life, the sanctity of life, how precious life is," Stupak said. "You never know when it’s going to be taken from you so live every day to its fullest, enjoy your loved ones, embrace your children.”

CW 14 Focus is a weekly, half-hour interview program that focuses on the issues important to people in northeast Wisconsin. Each week, Robert Hornacek will sit down with a different guest and go beyond the sound bites. The program will highlight the people making a difference in the community and give viewers an opportunity to get in depth perspective. CW 14 Focus airs Sundays at 10 a.m.