Health Reform Could Proceed on Two Tracks

Pelosi: Congress can work on small tweaks, refine broad plan
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2010 6:27 PM CST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Reiterating that there’s no House support for passing the Senate’s version of health-care reform, Nancy Pelosi has a two-pronged strategy for moving forward: Congress should go for small, likely-to-pass tweaks to the system now, while continuing work on an overhaul that can get the necessary votes down the road. “We have to get it done,” the speaker tells Politico. “What the process is doesn’t matter.”

And would incremental changes come before a broader measure? “Some may. It just depends on how long it takes for the comprehensive to go But it doesn’t mean that the comprehensive isn’t moving. It is essential,” she adds. “If everyone loved their health insurance in the country—and you know they don’t—we would still have to do this for financial reasons.”

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