House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently sent a stern letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, lecturing him about the right of the American people to know the “full impact” of the GOP’s new health care legislation before it’s passed by Congress.
“The American people and Members have a right to know the full impact of this legislation before any vote in Committee or by the whole House,” Pelosi wrote.
The irony was not lost on anyone that Pelosi, years ago, had a much different philosophy when ramming Obamacare through Congress.
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Pelosi infamously said in 2010:
“But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy.”
Though Pelosi has never been able to live that comment down, she has defended herself in the past and claimed she was taken out of context. Here’s what she said she really meant by the comment in 2012, per The Washington Post:
“In the fall of the year,” Pelosi said today, “the outside groups…were saying ‘it’s about abortion,’ which it never was. ‘It’s about ‘death panels,’’ which it never was. ‘It’s about a job-killer,’ which it creates four million. ‘It’s about increasing the deficit’; well, the main reason to pass it was to decrease the deficit.” Her contention was that the Senate “didn’t have a bill.” And until the Senate produced an actual piece of legislation that could be matched up and debated against what was passed by the House, no one truly knew what would be voted on. “They were still trying to woo the Republicans,” Pelosi said of the Senate leadership and the White House, trying to “get that 60th vote that never was coming. That’s why [there was a] reconciliation [vote]” that required only a simple majority.
“So, that’s why I was saying we have to pass a bill so we can see so that we can show you what it is and what it isn’t,” Pelosi continued. “It is none of these things. It’s not going to be any of these things.” She recognized that her comment was “a good statement to take out of context.” But the minority leader added, “But the fact is, until you have a bill, you can’t really, we can’t really debunk what they’re saying….”
Then there’s also the fact that the Affordable Care Act was passed feverishly by Senate Democrats in a late night Christmas Eve vote in 2009.
But now the tables have turned, and Republicans control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. There’s little Democrats can do to stop the GOP from carrying out their agenda.