July 26th, 2009
09:40 AM ET
14 years ago

2010 won't be like 1994, says Pelosi

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says it won’t be déjà vu when it comes to the Democrats and health care reform.

Asked whether she had any concern that Democrats could be punished in the 2010 midterm election the way the party was in 1994 after former President Bill Clinton tried and failed to achieve health care reform, Pelosi said things are different now.

“I think the American people want us to perform,” Pelosi said. “They need this. This is urgent. It's urgent in terms of their health, the economic stability of their families, and they want to see Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and a Democratic president in the White House to show that we can work together to have a positive impact on their lives by removing the instability that the uncertainty of access to health care causes for America’s families.”

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  1. lila

    That is correct. My retirement is not only no longer cut in half it's up 16%!
    As unpopular as the bail outs were politically they have saved me personally so much of my hard earned money. Not only mine but countless American's retirements. My mother and father were able to cash out Friday a large amount to pay upfront for a 2 bedroom classy retirement home that will fit their personal needs. Four months ago they were so scared because they had lost $400,000 in the stock market. Now they can breath again. They will not forget who to thank come 2010. Those at the helm. Thank you Democrats! The wheels are moving and by 2010 our economy will be undeniably recovering. People will not forget.

    July 26, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Alicia

    YOU GO GIRL!!!! Keep fighting for the unpriviledged Americans.

    PELOSI President 2016!!!

    July 26, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. mother and sister of a soldier

    We see your "change" and believe me, I will work my hardest to make sure the dems are voted out before they totally destroy this country!

    July 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    Yes, Speaker, 2010 is going to be 1994! I can feel it already!

    July 26, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Marty, FL

    Pass this important healtcare reform with a public option, and many Americans will continue to support Democrats & those Republicans who vote for it.

    Congress needs to put the American people above corporate interests this time.

    July 26, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    Yes, helath care is needed for many but that is not a Rx for you to 'run' this through without working out all the glitches....For goodness sake...the average citizen has NO IDEA what this is going to cost them, let alone what coverage will offer them. How 'bout getting some 'real' facts out first.

    ps...did you apologize yet Ms. P ?

    July 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. ck

    Hey Nancy.... Wanna bet??


    July 26, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. twitwits are the new nitwits

    We will get it passed Nancy,inspite of the foot and knuckledraggers.

    July 26, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. 4 and the door

    Nancy Pelosi again underestimates the intelligence of the American people. I wonder if this whole Health Care push is just to take people's minds off the Administration & Congress's failures with Stimulus and the economy. It's not working. They have no plan for anything that works. This is clear to the American people.

    July 26, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Tony

    Are there any objections to health care reform that doesn't come from the insane nonsensical ranting of those who only care about their own political power?

    What good have Republicans done for this country in 20 years? Can anyone name a single thing? Why do people still listen to them? They don't want to help the American people, they want to scare them, make them afraid of change, because change would mean their central philosophy, that government can't do anything right, would be undermined.

    They spend any time they have in power proving themselves right about government. It's time for the grownups to prove them wrong.

    July 26, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    For all you with your hand out, if you want government run health care join the US Armed Forces wheere you will get your government run health care and learn a work ethic that you lack now and learn to set your priorities to put insurance above party time (drugs, alcohol, and other bad behaviors)

    July 26, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Gerry

    Why was this health care not a issue the first two years that Pelosi was speaker of the house? Now it is rush like hell for anything.

    July 26, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. JOHN

    This woman is a disaster and needs to be voted out of office, she is an elitist and could care less about the people. Obama is the same way and hell bent on destroying the US. Barry doesn't like the US and that is quit apparent and nancy is the south end of a north bound horse

    July 26, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. skyhawkdriver

    Right nancy..and if you shake your chrystal ball again maybe it will say you will never have to have another botox injection again..your party is going to get their butts handed to them in 2010

    July 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Tina, NC

    What the people who oppose this don't realize is that many ordinary Republicans want and need a public option. Many Republicans in my family don't have health care or can barely afford what they have now.

    Democrats need to stop complaining about the Republicans and start writing their Democratic legislators. They are really the ones holding this up. The way I see it, the blue dogs have a difficult choice to make. They can either choose to support the health care lobbyists or the people who elected them. If the blue dogs don't vote for a good public option then they are toast as they should be.

    July 26, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. NC

    Private health care is best, not obama care. The American People need to wake up and vote out all of the democrats that have run this country into the ground. Vote Republican or Independent in 2010 and 2012.

    July 26, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Rose

    I would love to see Pelosi read many of the comments on this page but i am betting they will just roll off of her back. She doesn't get it, many of the people do not like what they are hearing about this plan.
    We can only hope she won't push this one through at 3am so no one has a chance to read it like she did the stimulus plan. What an underhanded sneak she is. She is just a ditto of Obama, their way or no way.

    July 26, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Zero.

    The moment? The moment the USA Elected Barack Obama. Europe took a whole new view of the west. Now it belongs to them, and the Eastern Block... But that does not include Russia

    July 26, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. JR

    I really ask myself if all these people who are attacking Mrs. Pelosi are Americans citizens. It is absolutely unimaginable that some Americans are fighting so nasty to deny health care to more than 50 Millions other Americans. These people are certainly working for our enemies.
    Al-Qaeda and other extremists that hate Americans don't have any weapon and possibility to kill more than 10 thousands of us, while GOP are fighting to keep 50 Million American exposed to death in case of serious illness. This is fare more dangerous than weapon of mass destruction. Our enemies can just rest and let GOP work for them.
    I am not sure which American people GOP always refers to when saying: “American are against health reform”.
    They really mock Americans when they say that we have the best health care in the world, which is not true because we are instead 37th. It is also cynical to say that the 50 millions people without health insurance have the best health care in the world.

    July 26, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Carlos

    Attention dem leaders, the people are watching, if you want to be relected you better vote no on this or start making plans for your next job.

    July 26, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. john

    The entire leasership of both parties as well as ALL members of Congress should be ashamed and maybe all replaced in 2010!!!
    The ptresident says the obvious: "We need healthcare reform.". He has no preconceived expectations of what the solution should be.
    He asks for a well-thoughtout solution and Congress gives partisian political crap.
    Pelosi – get all the leadership together and LEAD!!!!!!

    July 26, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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