February 26th, 2010
06:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Pelosi: We can sell health care bill to the American people

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is dismissing Republican claims that recent polls support their opposition to the current health care proposals, countering that the real problem is that the American people don't have a bill to judge.

"When we have a bill, which we will in a matter of days, then that is the bill that we can sell," Pelosi told CNN's Candy Crowley in an interview Friday. She added that the final legislation will settle differences between the House and Senate bills, and that Americans will be more supportive once the bill is released.

"I feel very confident about what's in there," she said.

The latest CNN/Opinion Research poll shows that nearly three quarters of respondents believe Congress should either start over on a new bill or drop health care reform altogether.

Earlier Friday, Speaker Pelosi told reporters she's asking the Senate to "act upon" reconciliation to move forward, a legislative procedural tool that allows bills to pass with a simple majority.

Editor's Note: Watch Speaker Nancy Pelosi's interview with Candy Crowley on State of the Union this Sunday at 9am ET.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. m smith

    No one ever polled me I want health care reform Now.

    February 26, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Cynthia - Arkansas

    When you are fighting for what is right to the average American, you must prevail. The Republicans said everything anyone needs to know about them. Health care savings accounts for when you get sick. Really? What planet are they living on. It takes everything I make to keep the lights on. They have no ideal how the rest of us live!

    If my insurance goes up anymore, I won't be able to afford it. PERIOD. This is my only chance to save it.

    Stand strong Democrats against these bullies who are bought and paid for by the insurance industry!

    February 26, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. nwcanadian

    How long is this sales job going to go on? Dems have the majority. If their constituents wanted it, it would have passed by now. They don't trust it and they don't want it in its current form. Why is this so difficult for Pelosi et al to understand?

    February 26, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. karl

    Make that three quarters + 1, since they didn't ask me.

    Reconciliation == scorched earth.

    February 26, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Jenn, Philadelphia

    You have 2 bills, Nancy and you can't sell either to your own people. It's been a year and you've had to bribe your party members for their votes. What will you bribe the American people with, higher taxes?

    February 26, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Andy

    75% of America says drop it or start over and Pelosi says ram it with reconciliation.She has to go and play with the grandchildren,she is a political moron.Reconciliation will not work,takes 2 things,1)votes and 2) testicles,the dems do not have either.

    February 26, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Candi

    1 year and counting NO jobs NO hope NO accountability NO change ;but,Pelosi wants to ram a healthcare bill that 75% of America does not want.She needs to retire.

    February 26, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Jake

    WHAT PART OF WE DO NOT WANT THIS does this woman not understand?

    February 26, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Interested party

    Pelosi and her gang are not listening. Their stubbornness and arrogance in knowing what is best for people is infuriating.
    "I feel very confident about what's in there," she said. Her confidence is based on ideology not on facts. I do not need to be sold something I don't want. The arrogance....

    February 26, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Julie Thomas

    Most want a good, viable health care plan. It is the republicans that are making the majority of the noise. The wonderful senators who have a life long golden health care plan, paid by us the taxpayers, why shouldn't we have the same. Those who are against the health care plan, should give up theirs and save the taxpayers money.

    February 26, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. JacobW

    I'm very confident she's done a horrible job of selling it thus far.

    February 26, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Kellen

    No hun – You can't sell Health Care to the American people. But you can sign your letter of resignation for free of charge to the American tax payer (and somehow I even doubt how free that'd be).

    February 26, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Healthcare garbage bill

    Pelosi is an idiot. She tried to sell the garbage bill to American and it failed. Why else are they passing bills in the middle of the night or on Christmas Eve?

    She needs to be kicked out.

    February 26, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. Rose

    Her comment just proves she does not listen to what the people are saying. Why is she trying to sell this to the American people, they are going to do it no matter what. November will be a fun month.

    February 26, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Fitz in Texas

    Anything Pelosi has her hands in I don't want a part of.

    February 26, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Mike in MN

    If yet another version of big government Obamacare still comes with a trillion dollar price tag, requires people to purchase insurance or pay a fine, is full of tax increases, mandates and regulations and cuts Medicare by 500 billion, it will be rejected by a majority of voters just like all the other versions.

    February 26, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. New Age Independent

    So the Democrats need to "Sell" their bill to the American people? Does this mean that it doesnt hold value on it's own? That they will portray it as something it is not?

    The American people have turned their backs on their plan. Democrats had a great opportunity to do the American people a huge service. Instead, prompted by their own greed and lust for power, they will jam this bill down your throat. They don't care if you choke on it. It only matters that they profit from it.

    February 26, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. The Lady

    Are these polls only calling republicans, because I don't know of one single person who has been calledddddd. I am with you Nancy, the media keeps saying the polls; what polls are they referring to????

    February 26, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Old White Virginia Female

    I am so encouraged finally to see that there is the possibility of getting a health care bill passed this year. I have all the faith in the world that if Speaker Pelosi feels confident that this will get through Congress, I can sleep good at night. I do not think there will be any selling job to do. The bill will sell itself and will stand all of the naysayers on their ears, most notably, if there is a God in heaven, Eric Cantor!

    February 26, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Angus McDugan

    TRANSLATION: The American people are dumb hicks and we in congress are much smarter.

    February 26, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Jim

    If the filibuster is an option, so is reconcillation. We need to get this done and I support Ms. Pelosi.

    February 26, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. m smith

    She is right. Untill we have a bill to look at how can people dismiss it. The repos have done a good job getting their followers to dismiss the health bill . These lemings will believe anything that they are told. No mind of their own. But I want to see what they come up with . Then make up my mind anot have it made up for me by the wing nuts and party of NO

    February 26, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. ED FL

    It is a shame that a person of such low esteem and character is in such a position of power. Her likability and history are such that she probably should be incarcerated for bringing such hardships to the American public. She is dispised by fellow members of her own party yet she persisits on her vengeful mission that makes her a villian instead of an honorable politician in a position that allows her to cause great harm to the public.I can not believe that San Francisco's voters legitimately voted her into office. Their must be some crooked reason that she is where she is. If she had any shame at all she would resign and take her senate protoge with her. America deserves better.

    February 26, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Artie

    Pelosi and her ilk will be the death knell for this country !

    February 26, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Sorry, you haggard old woman, but we're not buying. Too many lies. We can't afford it. Go home to your Poofter Paradise.

    February 26, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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