February 25th, 2010
11:05 AM ET
10 years ago

Pelosi says no time to start over on health care bills

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected Republican demands to start over on health care.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected Republican demands to start over on health care.

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected Republican demands that Democrats scrap current health care legislation and start over on new bills.

Americans cannot wait, Pelosi said Thursday at a bipartisan health care summit called by President Barack Obama.

"For them, they don't have time for us to start over," Pelosi said.


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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Dems Obama and Hollywood

    Just a show Pelosi-make my day and pass it Dems-your political suicide-the people do not want this dog &pony show of the dems.You dems just do not get it.

    February 25, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Andy

    You dumocraps & NObama should have listened the 1st time instead of cramming your bill down our throat.Pass it morons without the GOP and perish,the people will run you out.Make my day morons.

    February 25, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Betty in Arizona

    Do not start over, finish the job. Waiting for three years to take effect is so wrong. People can not wait. It will be way to late for some. FINISH now.

    February 25, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Dan Holiday

    Americans can wait...it is the democrats in Congress that cannot. Come November, a new Congress will be voted in and I have a feeling that the democrats will not be in the majority. This is the real reason Nancy and Harry cannot wait. It has nothing to do with the American people. It never has.

    February 25, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Jake in SC

    She had time to do it wrong,she did not listen,wants to cram her bill down our throat-now do without Pelosi.Start over or go home.

    February 25, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Fitz in Texas

    Why does this woman think she knows what is best for the American. Actually, what would be best for the American people would be if Pelosi, Reid and Obama would just go away and leave the American people alone.

    February 25, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Sharon T.

    What is Nancy Pelosi so afraid of? I lived in the state of Maryland for fifty years and I can tell you that her family (the Delasandros) were terrible for the state–this is why it's become so liberal. I had to move to North Carolina because of the taxes, so please when Ms. Pelosi and the other liberals tell you that we must pass health care reform, what they are really saying is we want to tax you out the wazoo and continue the government take over of everything in our lives. Read my lips Nancy–No comprehensive health care overhaul this year. When the economy grows then and only then should we incrementally pass reform.

    February 25, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Brian

    I guess getting it right the first time isn't a concern of the Democratic Party. They'd rather ram it through and fix it later! That mentality comes from a lack of connection to the American people. If my taxes (outrageous as they are) are going to be paying for this I want it to be right the first time. Otherwise it's NEVER going to be right.

    February 25, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    "We don't have time to start over'. That statement would suggest there is some type of 'time limit'. I don't think there should be a time limit when this decision making can impact an individual or family for the rest of their lives. This is not only about political ramifications..it ties into to social and a host of other things. So that blanket statement is really a BULL statement. Pass the stuff you agree on with both teams (the elephant and the donkey)....and then 'take your time' working out the details on all the rest......

    February 25, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Ben Farleigh

    Pelosi would have the US think that no-one will get sick and die after the marxist healthcare reform is passed.

    February 25, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. liberal wing nut

    That is because Pelosi wants her socialist gov't expansion Obamacare to pass through.

    It would take no time to create a new smaller bill that voters want.

    February 25, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Johnny DC

    Let me get this straight - it took the Democrats a mere few months to architect this steaming pile, because they were so desperate to meet His Holyness's deadline of Christmas.... but now they don't have the time to start over?

    They'd rather spend years defending this garbage than spend another few months writing legislation that makes sense.

    Democrats in action. 2010 is here. Brace yourselves come November.

    February 25, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Chris D.

    I agree w/ The Speaker.....& I have nothing to gain from this bill.

    February 25, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Jerry - Florida

    Hey boblehead Pelosi, YES Americans CAN wait! You are so out tune with reality that you have become an embarazment to this once great country.

    You should stop being a boblehead for President NObama and start listening to what the American people really want.

    February 25, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. allan

    She going to have a lot of time after 2010, when she going to be out of job.

    February 25, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Speculator

    I think what she means is, "We need to pass this thing before November because I may not be speaker anymore...."

    February 25, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Dano

    Start over?? Start over??? This issue has been "started over" for the last 20 years or more. Starting over is just a means of delaying any action for years to come. Almost everyone knows the current system is unsustainable, yet in the 8 years the GOP controlled everything nothing was done on this issue. Now that the Dems have finally advanced a bill to address the problems they want to start over yet again? Meanwhile the insurance industry will continue to reap massive profits while Americans die from lack of medical coverage. The current bill is far from perfect but starting over in not an option. If the GOP has any constructive ideas to offer now would be the time to lay them out. As the old saying goes either you-know-what or get off the pot!

    February 25, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Mark

    No time to start over? What does that mean? We've waited this long for reform, I think we can wait for both the Dems and the GOP to reach a consensus. We've survived until now and even if things stay the same for another 2 years I think we will be okay. Heck, I'm an american and I'm doing fine right now.

    February 25, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Americans can't wait any longer for action on jobs. Without a job, health care, is a moot issue.

    February 25, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. REG in AZ

    Agreed!! Who wants to see more of this. Starting over is just a Republican tactic to end up getting no where and to satisfy their Special Interest supporters. Get it done, get it over with now!!

    February 25, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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