March 29th, 2010
04:21 PM ET
10 years ago

Pelosi readies for election battle over health care

Washington (CNN) - One day before President Barack Obama signs into law the final piece of health care reform legislation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi Monday ran a rhetorical victory lap in her hometown of San Francisco, touting the benefits of the new law while also directly challenging Republicans who want it repealed.

"They want to reverse and repeal a prohibition on denying care on the basis of a pre-existing condition. Can you imagine making that case?" Pelosi said, linking GOP anger to one of the most popular aspects of the bill. "No, we like denial of service on the basis of pre-existing condition," she mockingly said of the Republicans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) recently told CNN that Republicans would use the slogan "repeal and replace" in their Congressional campaigns later this year, acknowledging that a majority of Americans want some type of reform but rejecting the size and scope of the Democrats' plan.

Dismissing the Republicans' electoral strategy against the health care legislation, Pelosi additionally appears ready to armor herself against potential personal attacks made against her on the campaign trail.

"They tried it in 2006. They tried it in 2008," said Pelosi of the national campaign Republicans previously ran with the hopes of tying more moderate and conservative Democrats to an individual they called "a San Francisco liberal."

"It just proves the bankruptcy of their ideas... I couldn't care less," she dismissively said before deadpanning, "Actually, I should thank them. It really helps me with my fundraising."

Pelosi also told the supportive crowd at the San Francisco Senior Center that she jokingly disagreed with Obama during a conversation she had with him the day after the House approved the health care legislation. According to Pelosi, Obama said he was happier the night of that vote than he was the night he was elected president.

"Well, Mr. President, I was very happy last night too passing the bill, but I wasn't happier than when you were elected President, because if you had not been elected President of the United States, we would not be celebrating this victory," recalled Pelosi.

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Seanathair

    Her actions in the House have contributed to increasing the deficit that my Grandchildren and GreatGrandchildren will suffer under.

    March 29, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    "They want to reverse and repeal a prohibition on denying care on the basis of a pre-existing condition. Can you imagine making that case?"Pelosi said...
    Wow, did she miss their point! The fact is, America doesn't need to spend $1 trillion to increase the cost of an already expensive health care system for most Americans. She doesn't personally pay for it or run a business so why would she care? She doesn't. She just cares about Nancy.

    March 29, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Thank you Madame Speaker!


    March 29, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |

    We need more fighters and do'ers like Pelosi.
    he cares about the common people.
    She has a good heart.
    She is very, very intelligent.
    You go girl!

    March 29, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. rob

    Thats right, if you don't favor the Dems Health Plan then you have either been lied to or your stupid. Thats about all they keep saying about the 56% of Americans who still don't like this thing. What about the taxes being raised, the premiums that will go up and the price tag that they sold to us using gimmicks and a shell game?

    Nancy Peolsi was quoted saying "we will have to pass the bill so that the people will know whats in the bill" Apparently the Dems could not (or didn't want to) articulate exactly what was in the bill to the American Poeple after a year of debate.

    The Dems in power now don't trust us. They decided to ram this thing down our throats because we are too stupid to know whats good for us, but the Dem party is in for a rude awakening in Nov. Even their friends in the Media can't stop the landslide thats coming in the next election.

    The spring is here and there is only 6 months left of Ms. Pelosi and Harry Reids hold on power.

    Nov. 2, 2010 can't come fast enougjh.

    March 29, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. greenfish

    Nancy Pelosi: best Speaker of the House, ever!

    March 29, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. gt

    70 yr old law makers needs to retire and bake cookies,,,, no more ego trips ... adult depends are around the corner..

    March 29, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. rjt

    The very few good things that came out of the health care bill could easily have been done with smaller individual bills. Like pre-existing conditions, or insurance exchanges. The trillion dollar bill is loaded with goodies and payoffs that have little to do with health care. Instead of listening to US and doing it RIGHT...she wanted some albatross that is way too expensive and regardless of what you might hear it will not reduce the deficit. Only in DC can you spend 1 trillion dollars and say that it will save you money.

    March 29, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. JES

    Pelosi is a perfect example of why we need term limits in this Country out of touch and will not listen to the voters.

    March 29, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. terry,va.

    What happened to pre-existing conditions being covered immediately? They won't come into effect until 2014? Another lie to sell this piece of crap health care bill. Anyone that has to pay taxes are against this bill.

    March 29, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Desmond in Canada

    Whether you folks can see it or not, Pelosi is one great House Speaker and truly compassionate and just citizen

    March 29, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Jamie

    It's kind of funny how everybody is just ditching on the democrats. If I remember right, Bill Clinton, a democrat, actually reduced the deficit during his administration, the Bushie jr increased the deficit 2 fold and messed up our economy, and allowed our jobs to go overseas. Now the republicans are saying healthcare is bad, and the democrats are saying it's going to work. Well, medicare and medicaid work and they were a democrats ideas. The last good republican with common sense was ronald reagen. The bushes were a disaster to this country. So, if you want to listen to the republican nonsense be my guest, but I know where my vote, my family's vote, and a lot of my friends vote is this november.

    March 29, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. RCasson

    "Go for it" Nancy. We've got your back!!

    March 29, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Bob in Pa.

    No Nancy, we want to repeal you and then a good portion of your marxist yuck that was piled into the bill.

    March 29, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. cal

    Right... Universal Healthcare is so great that's why Congress and Obama exempted themselved from out. I'm union so I am among elite Americans exempt also. You subAmericans can eat this crappy sandwhich and beg for more, lol. I feel for you if you didn't vote dem.

    March 29, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Fitz In Texas

    Hasn't Dorthy's house landed on Nancy yet?

    March 29, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. dennis

    It was revealed today the Democrat Pro Life Gang of Ten (who changed their Vote from NO to Yes on Sunday) each one got multi-million dollar projects for their districts added into the Health Bill on Monday during reconcilliaton. Pelosi and Obama are so proud of their hard work in passing Healthcare, but has anyone gone back to add all the money paid out in back room deals to buy their victory. Pelosi will hang around after the election, because like the line in the movie "Godfather" she "always makes money for her partners".

    March 29, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. NewYorker

    Congratulations to Nancy Pelosi for all of the work you've done in for the American people. I also congratulate all of the people who support her efforts. With the passage of health care reform, it is truly time to be proud to be an American.

    March 29, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. ib

    Go to safe far left SF Pelosi and do the country a favor; stay there. You fit just fine there. Stop destroying the rest of our country.

    March 29, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Republicans just want to destroy all entitlement programs and Medicare. They just don't have the guts to admit to it .

    March 29, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |

    I wouldn't vote nor support Pelosi again if she were the only person running for office.

    March 29, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    Pelosi, you are a strong WOMAN up against mostly MEN and you "Socked it to them"!!! You have NO PROBLEM because in the end, the women got your BACK!!!

    March 29, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. oregonlion

    for all of you saying obama is socialist, let me remind you bush was the one that created tarp to bail out banks by having the government take partial ownership. that is exactly the definition of socialism. also, I find it amusing that everyone wants to attack obama for the economy and deficeit when our country's problem actually dates back to reagan, who decided it was best if we move our entire manufacturing base overseas to 3rd world and developing countries. how the heck are we supposed to rebuild an economy when we have only a financial sector and services sector? there can be no jobs bill if there are no jobs. bring back manufacturing and we'll return to the days of financial security. Republicans can scare people into anything because our country's political memory is about 8 months. Nobody seems to be able to remember how we got to where we are.

    I hope obama keeps up the landmark legislation, so I can once again have faith in the USA...

    March 29, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. Gerry NH

    If Nasty Pelosi is the best speaker we have ever had then they have all been horrible and we need to get rid of that postion.

    March 29, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. berkeleystud

    I am proud to have voted for Nancy Pelosi. The most effective speaker in my lifetime and one of the best in U.S. history. Rebublicans hate her so much because she is so capable and smart.

    March 29, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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