Don’t take our word for it. As part of a round table with bloggers and reporters noted below, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that passage of Obamacare would “take the country in a new direction.”
“Kick open that door, and there will be other legislation to follow,” she said.
Pelosi argued that passing reform would give Dems a tool for drawing a sharp ideological contrast with Republicans and conservatives over time.
“Give them credit for being true to their convictions,” Pelosi said. “They don’t believe in health care for all Americans with any public role in it. That’s by and large what the Republican Party believes.”
Pelosi said passing the bill would allow Dems to undertake a “debate” with Republicans over “what is the balanced role that government should have.”
“We have to take it to the American people, to say, this is the choice that you have,” she said. “This is the vision that they have for your health and well being, and this is the vision that we have.”