Saturday, March 13, 2010


“When you don't (have) a bill yet, anyone can characterize it any way you want. I think that while there's some well-intentioned people who have concerns about budget and this and that, a lot of that sentiment was hijacked by a concerted effort on the part of the insurance companies and their supporters to make sure we don't a bill... They could characterize it any way they wanted, they could focus the debate... If you are an insurance company, you want to take down public option, right? You want to get rid of that. But as you do it, you want to confuse the issue on health care reform... So as long as people are talking about this — the public option — they're not talking about what is in the bill for the American people... It's unfortunate, because I think if we had a bill much sooner, all of its merit, of course, would be better known, and it would not have been a piñata for six months..."

- Nancy Pelosi, claiming that health care reform had been "hijacked". Not sure if this was before or after she told the Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties that Congress had "... to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it, away from the fog of controversy..."

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