Pelosi Celebrates Health Care Triumph

Speaker welcomes GOP push to repeal Obamacare
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2010 3:27 AM CDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. holds up a blood pressure cuff that she was given for her birthday at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco on Sunday, March 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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(Newser) – A triumphant Nancy Pelosi celebrated the passage of health care reform yesterday in a rousing speech to packed church service, declaring that she's not afraid of Republican efforts to repeal the bill if they retake Congress in November. Pelosi said that despite current misconceptions, Americans would soon appreciate the bill's protections. "If they have a child who is diabetic and they want insurance companies to cut them off, let's have that debate," Pelosi said. "We are confident in taking that message to the American people."

The opposition seems just as happy to take on the issue: RNC chairman Michael Steele said it was "time to start getting Nancy ready for the firing line this November. Dana Walsh, a San Francisco businesswoman who hopes to unseat Pelosi, said the speaker was "very much out of touch with the American people" on the health care issue. "I would relish the opportunity to debate her on it," she told the San Francisco Chronicle.

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