The Ugly Side of Health Reform

Nancy Pelosi (The Hill) on getting a health care bill: “We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in.”

Tom Harkin (The Hill) on the deal that almost was: “We had an agreement, with the House, the White House and the Senate. We sent it to [the Congressional Budget Office] to get scored and then Tuesday happened and we didn’t get it back.”

Tom Carper (The Hill) on the prospect of persuading just one Senate Republican to vote for the pending legislation: “I think it’s a bridge too far.”

Barack Obama (ABC News) on the health bill: “It’s an ugly process and it looks like there are a bunch of backroom deals.”

Nancy Pelosi (New York Times) responding to Obama: “The American people don’t care about process.”

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  1. Ken says:

    Pelosi seems ferociously dedicate to this cause.

  2. Joe S. says:

    Agree Ken. Doesn’t sound like she is giving up. And that is worrisome.

  3. Bret says:

    This is why we must be vigilant and not let our guard down.

  4. Vicki says:

    Barack Obama is talking as though he were an outsider, not privy to the process. In fact, he helped create the ugly process and he was part of the back room deals.