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Pelosi, Reid Remarks at Press Availability Following Meeting With President Obama
Date:9/8/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held a brief press availability following their meeting with President Obama at the White House this afternoon. Below is a transcript of their remarks followed by question and answer session.

Speaker Pelosi. We had a very productive meeting with the President and the Vice President. The main subject was, of course, health insurance reform, but we talked about other issues that relate to the fall agenda and other issues.

In terms of health care reform, we've come together at a time where three bills have been passed out of Committees in the House, one in the Senate. Hopefully, soon, the Finance Committee will act and we have plenty to work from to pass comprehensive, affordable, accessible, universal health care. It's a pretty exciting time.

In the month of August our Members have heard from their constituents and have communicated with them -- they bring back the benefit of that thinking. They also have had a chance to explain to their constituents the opportunity that is in the bill. That again we have legislation that will lower costs, improve quality, expand coverage, and retain choice. You like what you have, you can keep it. If you have something you would like to improve upon, that can happen. If you are not insured, you will have that opportunity. This will be done in a fiscally sound way.

It is necessary for us to act. The present situation is unsustainable and as the President has said, "health care reform is entitlement reform." So, in order for us to reduce the deficit, it is essential that we have real health care reform.

So we go forward welcoming our Members back in a series of caucuses and meetings. We will be prepared to bring our three bills together in the House to prepare to meet the Senate in conference
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