July 26th, 2009
09:32 AM ET
14 years ago

Insurance industry has had a 'long enough time,' Pelosi says

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The top House Democrat says she is standing by her support for a public health insurance option as part of a broader overhaul of the nation’s health care sector.

“No, no, no, no,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union when asked whether she had softened her position on the public option.

“The president has said he believes the public option is a way - a way to keep the private insurance companies honest. But he said if you could find another way to do this, show it to me.”

Pelosi also rejected the idea of using a trigger to kick in a public option three to five years after passage of any health care reform bill.

“I think the private insurance industry has had a long enough time to have a trigger. We know what happens left to their own devices,” the California Democrat said.

“This is about having an alternative to give much more leverage to the individual. And the president has said if you like the insurance - insurance that you have, you like your doctor, you can keep it,” Pelosi also said.

Filed under: Health care • Nancy Pelosi • State of the Union
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. annie for Palin

    The people who have had a 'long enough time' are the pewlosis, barney, reid, smurfie murphie, byrd, kennedy, dodd, kerry, etc!

    July 26, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Of course Pelossi attacking the entire Insurance Industry! Ultimately she wants total Government control because capitalism in any form is evil no matter what! I think Americans are very wise to her Socialistic agenda and coming demise as a result!

    July 26, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Forget Congress,lets march on the Insurance Companies.Find out who the CEOs are and where they live.

    July 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Shawn - GA

    Pelosi is censoring the minority side of congress from sharing with the constitutes a flow chart that will show that there is 31 people who will be involved with your medical decision under this plan, that is very scary. Why are we not seeing CNN reporting on this???

    They are keeping information from us and the more we do learn the more we see this is not the way to go… I do not think anyone thinks that health care needs to be fixed, the problem many many many of us have is that a government run program is NOT the correct way to go.

    So they stacked the deck and they have a firm majority… Despite all of this, they do not have the votes.

    She cannot blame anyone on the GOP anymore; people are realizing this plan is terrible. They will not allow a rushed under the radar slight of hand like the cap and tax bill was.

    July 26, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Reformed Republican

    At least one dem in congress has a set and will stand up for us against the Insurance lobbyists and their obstructionist rethug mouthpieces on the hill...

    July 26, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    I get the sense the confidence she relays on the direction of health care is not related to national need but a storage jar of 'what I have on you if you don't pass this'. Fourtunately, God is watching this mockery very very closely..and it will all fall flat on your face of vanity. Slow down...

    July 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    Just like we know what happens to Congress on their spending addiction!

    July 26, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. John in WV

    The republicans could have started reforming health care in 2000 when they had the votes to pass reform their own way and plenty of money to pay for it. Instead, they gave the budget surplus back to the wealthy and started a war. Now they are avoiding responsibility and refusing to admit their mistakes.

    July 26, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Scott

    If the majority of Congress is so convinced that the public health insurance is the best way to go, then they should be equally as excited to give up their current health insurance (with all of its bells and whistles!) and be forced into it like the rest of the Amercian public. What is good enough for us should be good enough for them. But they don't want to do that. Doesn't that say something about the quality of care?!?!? They a bunch of hypocrites.

    July 26, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Chris

    I wonder what other private business's Pelosi, Obama, and the rest of our Democrats plan to take over? Soon, there will be no paychecks, those of us who will work will report to work and be paid with food stamps, welfare, healthcare, and be hired and fired by these people. One day we'll all be flying our flags upside down and hoping someone will come to the rescue.

    July 26, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Bedtime for Obonzo

    I want free health care now! Tax the rich, meaning anyone who makes more than me! Gimme now! I also want free medical marijuana for my insomnia. All hail the Beloved Leader!

    July 26, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. John

    The system is broken. My small business struggles each year to provide health care to its employees while many of my competitors just gave up. We do it because we believe it is the right thing to do.

    Our system is encouraging this elimination of health care benefits for small businesses since they can now offer their services at a lower rate, and higher profit. Even the Federal government procurement practices encourage small businesses to go this cheaper route.

    Each year we spend weeks going through brokers to try and find the best possible health care option for our employees. Each year the answer is the same, and wholly predictable. Cost goes up (>10% per year) while quality of insurance goes down - much more for less.

    Spend your time carping about political viewpoints if you wish. I need a solution! It isn't working! I am only interested in politicians from either party who are willing to get the job done. No more games!

    July 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. barry in las vegas

    Nancy Pelosi is truly stupid and tone deaf. The American people don't trust a government run insurance program – and we don't care how many times she says she has the votes to force it on us.

    If a public option for insurance is part of the sold called reform, then every Congressman, Senator and US CIvial Servant should be forced to be in the program.

    Of course they won't be because Peolisi and her fellow Democrats want to keep their gold plated health care plan and throw the rest of America under the bus.

    July 26, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Simmy

    Congress has had more than enough time to discuss the healthcare bill.......The latest tactic of Republicans is to wait until after their break to deal with the bill....They are betting that the slow down time will act as a distraction, and cause the bill's push to lose momentum...... Democrats who are going along with the GOP's ploy have no right calling themselves Dems......They're turncoats, and need to be replaced......Their constituents should come first - not insurance lobbyists........

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

    Canada has strong connections to Britain and France. You have nobody. Infact they don't even like you. Mr Big...

    July 26, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Donkey Party

    What part of "if you like your current coverage, you can keep it" don't the right-wingers understand? Their stupidity is glaring. Nobody is forcing you into a different plan. If you are stupid enough to keep what you have if there is something better available, then deal with it. Keep what you have, let your rates quadruple, your own ignorance deserves it.

    July 26, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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