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Entry from January 06, 2011
“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”

Congressional Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties on March 9, 2010 and discussed the healthcare bill:

“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.”

The healthcare bill was thousands of pages that many legislators hadn’t read and few people understood. The remark was replayed often in the media and portrayed members of Congress like shady used car dealers—although that hadn’t been Speaker Pelosi’s intention.


Wikiquote: Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. A Democrat, she is the first woman to lead a major political party in either house of Congress and became the first female Speaker of the House on January 4, 2007. She has represented California’s 8th District since 1987 (it was numbered the 5th District until 1993).

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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.
. 9 March, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi—Press Releases
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For Immediate Release
03/09/2010
Pelosi Remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered a speech this morning at the 2010 Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties (NACo). This year marks the 75th anniversary of the organization.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

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“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.”

Slate
The Ghost of Gaffes Past
A selection of gaffes from the 2010 campaign that we should forgive.

By David Weigel
Posted Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at 11:34 AM ET
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Nancy Pelosi: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
On March 9, the Speaker of the House spoke to the National Association of Counties about the health care bill that was days away from final passage. This was the phrase that launched a thousand campaign ads. Nine months later, this is remembered as Pelosi admitting what Tea Partiers had feared: that Democrats were ramming through bad bills without reading them. That wasn’t actually what she was saying. The full quote:

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.

Pelosi was trying to say that the press was only reporting he-said-she-saids about the bill, and that its benefits would become clear, and popular, once it passed. They did become clear, though they have yet to become popular.

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