Nancy Pelosi’s Official Site: Pelosi Remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties
Earlier today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a speech to the Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties. I cannot say that the entire speech is worthy of Assigned Reading–we all know what she’s going to say, anyway–but there was one particular tidbit which deserves to be highlighted. From the speech (emphasis mine):
You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting.
But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform. Health insurance reform is about jobs. This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon.
Never mind the fuzzy job math. Never mind that “health insurance reform is about jobs” just like the stimulus package was “about jobs, jobs, jobs and jobs.” My favorite part was how we cannot really fathom the contents, nonetheless the effect, of this legislation until after it is passed. That’s right, folks — we have to pass the bill in order to find out what’s in it.