Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Pelosi: 'Change' Requires a Strong Public Option

As Obama's Wednesday night speech on health care reform approaches, Nancy Pelosi continues to stand firm on the demand for a strong public option (unlike these 2 soon-to-be primaried sell-outs).

“A bill without a strong public option will not pass the House,” Pelosi said in statement last Thursday. “Eliminating the public option would be a major victory for the insurance companies who have rationed care, increased premiums and denied coverage.”

The Speaker’s press release pointedly put pressure on the president by quoting him saying “a public option will keep insurance companies honest.” The release also used the word “change” — a theme of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — to drive home Pelosi’s point: “Any real change requires the inclusion of a strong public option.”