Even before her bill reaches the House floor, health care reform has been a lesson in the limits of power for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — and in the immense challenge of managing disappointment on the left.
The bill rolled out Thursday is weaker than many progressives — including Pelosi — had once hoped for, but her advice is to “declare victory” and recognize that this is not the last word.
“On any given day, success that upsets business as usual in Washington can be perishable. I don’t want to get too bogged down,” Pelosi told POLITICO in an interview Thursday afternoon. “We are not passing a bill, shutting the door, turning out the lights and walking away. We will haveother legislation.”