When we get health reform, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California will be a major reason. The New Republic’s Joanthan Cohn commented that she “has been nothing short of heroic over the past week” on keeping health reform alive as legislators remembers that despite a special election in a specific state, the need and urgency and political imperative of passing health reform has fundamentally not changed.
As reported by Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle, Pelosi had strong words today keeping the momentum up. She said that while some parts of health care reform may be done piecemeal, but “That doesn’t mean that is a substitute for doing comprehensive. It means we will move on many fronts, any front we can.”
“We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in. But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people for their own personal health and economic security and for the important role that it will play in reducing the deficit.”
On Cohn’s blog, here’s my take about why Californians should feel some deja vu, and why we are far from the end of the process.