Pelosi: Health-Care Bill Will Get Votes It Needs


“Our members, every one of them, wants health care. They know that this will take courage. It took courage to pass Social Security. It took courage to pass Medicare. And many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill. But, the American people need it. Why are we here? We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress. We’re here to do the job for the American people, to get them results that give them not only health security, but economic security.” —Speaker Nancy Pelosi on This Week today, insisting the health-care legislation will get the Democratic votes in the House it needs to pass. Pelosi said she is working on changes to the bill, passed by the Senate, that would make it “acceptable to the House.” [NYT]