February 28th, 2010
09:01 AM ET
7 years ago

Pelosi sizes up Obama's health care proposal

Washington (CNN) – He may be the leader of the Democratic Party and a former lawmaker himself, but that doesn’t mean President Obama has the seal of approval from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when it comes to the contours of a health care reform bill debuted by the White House last week.

Asked in an interview airing Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Pelosi refused to say whether she would vote for the legislative outline Obama published on the Internet last week.

"I like what the president has done,” Pelosi said of the White House’s efforts to reconcile the health care reform bills passed by Democrats in the House and the Senate.

“I want to make sure that we have - we have 3 criteria for us in the House, Pelosi continued. “Affordability for the middle class. And I think we can do a little better on affordability. I don't know that. We have to examine the language very carefully. Accountability of the insurance companies, and the president is very good on that. And accessibility to many more people. And he certainly is there.

So we just want to make sure the affordability language is as strong as it needs to be.”

After a year of work by Congress, the White House rolled out its own health care reform proposal last Monday. Obama’s proposal draws heavily from the reform bill passed by the Senate late last year before Democrats lost their crucial 60th vote to stop a threatened Republican filibuster. The White House outline also makes some nods to the bill passed in the House.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Sam Sixpack

    There is nothing in the health care scam for you and, after they steal that 1/2 trillion dollars from Medicare, they're going to pull the plug on your grandmother.

    Just because Bush was a liar doesn't mean Pelosi is honest.

    February 28, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. Jane

    What meds is she on this time?? Pelosi is out of touch and off base on everything. But, I guess she is enjoying her power trip and the use of my tax paid AF fleet of jets to haul her sorry butt back and forth to CA to her mansion.

    February 28, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. cj

    If you have common sense and you are not easy munipulated then you are probably one of the millions of Americans who do want healthcare reform that have never been polled. Please stop saying the polls show the American public is against health care reform. Maybe the way Americans do their polling needs a over-haul.Talk about over spending? Republicans wan't to start over? I guess it's ok to waste money when it benifits the right....

    February 28, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. leonardofru

    CJ – the American people want healthcare reform, now, but what the Progressives are preparing to jam down our throats is no healthcare reform in any shape, form, or fashion. It is a radical takeover of the entire system. And when Barack Hussien Obama says "its just not true" he is signaling to most Americans that he is a devious and seditious animal.

    February 28, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Fitz in Texas

    Oh yes, "holier than thou" Pelosi knows what's best for the average American. This woman needs to get away from her multi-million life style for a few days, get out among "We The People" and start paying attention to what we want.

    February 28, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Happily Independent

    To the Republicans to have any credibility then you should have a provided a market based alternative to the Democratic plan that covered all Americans. Covering all Americans means less expense to the taxpayers. We already have universal health care. when someone is sick and goes to the hospital whether they can pay for care or not, they are cared for. We, the taxpayers, pay for the most expensive and least efficient care for uninsured Americans when they go the emergency room. The cost of paying for uncompensated care is exploding the Medicaid system's costs and adds to the federal deficit. If you insure everyone, then there will be a cost but the cost will be less than if you did not insure everyone. That is a fact. Since hospitals can not get reimbursed fully for their expenses, then the cost of uncompensated care is pass onto the health care plans of insured Americans. Therefore, we are paying for it now anyway. Therefore, I would rather find a way with a public-private partnership to insure all Americans and get a cost savings. Otherwise, health insurance is going to become more costly and hurt not us as far as the federal deficit but also hurt the economy as well. Businesses need to compete and they need to be able to control health care costs in order to compete. Therefore, Democrats and Republicans need to stop all of the bickering and think about the sensible things that I have said about this issue.

    February 28, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Debby

    I agree with Coulter, Pelosme's botox has gone to her brain.

    February 28, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. JonDie

    NOTHING will change until a) there is a public option so that we aren't held hostage and abused by the insurance companies and b) the government has to the ability to block unwarranted insurance rate increases.

    Anything else is a losing proposition.

    February 28, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. No Way

    Americans are sick and tired of this goverment's approach.

    We need a change and it not this HC Bill.

    February 28, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Ken in NC

    The Republican Health Care Reform has just been revised. It states simply this. After paying all Federal, State and Local Taxes, forward any remaining funds to the "Insurance Cartel", then get sick and die.

    February 28, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. I voted for Obama and proud of it in Oregon

    THE KEY ISSUE FOR NANCY IS how can she look like she is in charge ? just vote in the BILL , or switch parties . I am so tired of even the democrats fiting over MY and americans Health care . best idea so far is until we get health care at a realistic rate . like not having to buy it from an insurance company and we would call it a public funded program all profit goes back into the program . so anyway all the republicans and all the democrats and the few independants loose there health care coverage .... then we set back and wait and wait .. then wow lookie lookie the elected idiots pass health care reform even better than the president wanted ( a public run program) no more insurance companies raping america . all the money stays in the pool like social security , is supposed to work 🙂

    February 28, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. stormerF

    How can Pelosi even size up a bill when even the CBO can not come up with a figure of cost? There is no way to pay for this and it will make premiums go up and deficit spending go up. They promise free bubble up and Rainbow stew to pay for this insane health care bill. Giving Unions,Florida,Louisians, Drug companies,and Connecticut special deals on the backs of the rest of the American tax payers is crapola...Even a lot of the Democrats can see the milk is not clean in this one.

    February 28, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. RTB

    I trust Ms. Pelosi is deliberating in the best interest of the American public.

    If she had her way we would already have a robust Health care reform bill.

    It would be much better than what has been whittled out of the initial Democratic ideas with the input of the know nothing Republicans who voted NO any way.

    Best of good wishes to the Speaker.

    February 28, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. bill freedom

    I love how everyone keeps saying the Republicans and the people are against Healthcare reform (cj comment below). No, they are for it, they are just against this horrible and costly system the Dems want to cram down our throats. Is the system flawed, yes. Does it need some work, yes. But some of these Socialist ideas are NOT what this country was founded on. Pelosi is one of the biggest problems. Scream bipartenship one moment then the next your saying we are going to do this no matter what the Reps say. Typical liar of a politician and equally horrible human. She wants to save money to put towards healthcare, ask her about her weekly trips from DC to CA that WE the taxpayers pay for. Hundreds of thousands of dollars each week, just for her. The polution she puts in the air, and not just from her mouth is out of control. Get rid of her now

    February 28, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. GI Joe

    The study found that young adults who said they were "very conservative" had an average adolescent IQ of 95, whereas those who said they were "very liberal" averaged 106.


    Don't shoot me – I'm the messenger. The study went on with several groups over several years. Read the article yourself and then comment.

    February 28, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Scott, Tucson

    Nancy says.."we have 3 criteria for us in the House, “Affordability for the middle class. And I think we can do a little better on affordability. I don't know that. We have to examine the language very carefully. Accountability of the insurance companies, and the president is very good on that. And accessibility to many more people. And he certainly is there.

    Which translates to:

    1. Tax the middle class even more and deep cuts in Medicare.
    2. Soak the Insurance companies for all they can get.
    3. Accessibility is the democratic code word for insuring the millions of illegals who, would be the major beneficiary of obamacare.

    February 28, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. John D

    Who cares what this BOTOX BIMBO has to say. I think it has gotten inside the cranium and is affecting her brain. The PEOPLE have rejected this over and over again! SCRAP this peice of legislation and start over. Do that and you may get something through.

    Obama has now broken every promise he ever made. Check and see how much all the indirect taxes are going up because of this ARROGANT ASS! It will all be double by the end of the year. He does not believe you are smart enough to figure out what taxes you pay on phones, lights, fuel and food. It is all taxed one way or another and it is all going up to pay for the spending these people want. Guess what? It still won't be enough and they will have to go after more.

    When are you people going to wake up to how these imbiciles like Reid, Pelosi and OBAMA are destroying this country. They constantly want to change the same rules THEY put in place just because now it doesn't work for them to pass what they want to pass. They are spending this nation into bankruptcy because that is exactly where they want us so they can have total control over us. WE WILL BE THEIR SLAVES!

    February 28, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. leonardofru

    Lets see.....the Obamists say to help American business compete we must destroy competition in healthcare. Strange concept. Dangerous concept. A tweak here and there will fix it. Turning it into a Cuban style hell pot is not the solution, unless you are at the top of the arugula chain, as Mr. Obama and Madame Pelosi are.

    February 28, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Perusing-through


    . . . . having a televised Summit and for publicly laying-out your health-reform proposals. Any Independent voter that watched the Summit (in its entirety) would easily seen and hear that the Republican Party have NO REAL or CREDIBLE solution to provide good, inexpensive, quality health-coverage for 37-million hardworking middle-class Americans.

    What the GOP brought to the Summit table was the same old worn-out Frank Luntz GOP anti-health reform talking points. The GOP was pathetic.

    February 28, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. greg

    have all ways said the lady does not have a clue just like John B. on the other side. and it may be hard too believe that i am a Repulican.

    February 28, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. leonardofru

    RTB – the American people have been polled and 75% agree that you have misplaced your trust. : )

    February 28, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Linda

    I'm tired of Republicans making soundbites like "start over" " Big goverment takeover" " a clean page" and the one that gets me the most is.... " What Americans want "
    I'm one "AMERICAN" that WANTS the "PUBLIC OPTION"
    I'm not totally aboard on what I think the dems are proposing but the health care problem needs to be fixed. NO DELAYS!
    How do the Republicans "get away with" their interpretation of what the American people want? What polls are they getting? FIXED!

    The American people voted for PRESIDENT OBAMA and "I think" they, the American people, STILL want an answer to the health-care problems NOW. I think the American PEOPLE still HOPE that President Obama can deliver.
    I want the DEMOCRATS to take CHARGE of their majority and push through a HEALTH CARE BILL NOW..

    The Republicans are using a repetition of words over and over again with their organized ways to brianwash the American people.
    NO way are the Republicans are going to be bi-partisan.
    They want President Obama to fail. They want to takeover the majority . I want the REPUBLICANS to be called out....they got to back their words with proof or SHUT UP! I for one, with NO DISRESPECT, SICK of their sound bites.

    February 28, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Keith in Austin

    One-sixth of the American economy about to rail-roaded through the Senate via Democrat reconciliation!

    Obamacare is a left-wing power grab scheme that 75 percent of the American people oppose!

    Any questions?

    February 28, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Jacksonville Bill

    Yes, Keith. I have a question. What do the republicans offer as a serious alternative other than the stale old line of tort reform and buying insurance across state lines? Tort reform, as we heard the other day will only save $50 billion over a ten year period, and it will cap patients with serious cases of malpractice at $250K. We tried that in Florida, and guess what. All it did was lower malpractice insurance slightly. Did we patients see any of that cost savings passed along to us? Hmmmm. I don't think so. What about buying insurance across state lines? Will that really solve the problems with an insurance industry that gets bolder with every minute we don't do something about them? Competition? Competition compared to what? It's all relative unless we do something about it.

    February 28, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. grif99999

    I think the Federal Government is crossing over some lines they should not. They should be regulating the health care industry, not trying to run it. I should NOT be forced to buy insurance that I do not want at the risk of fines or jail time. Why are illegals STILL going to get health care? The bill specifically says "no health care for illegals". When asked how they would enforce it they admitted that there was no way. Congress has said we will pass it and fix it later. I do NOT want them to pass bad legislation just to get something done. Do your job!!! The national polls show a large percentage of Americans do NOT want this health care bill passed. They need to LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!!

    February 28, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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