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Pelosi: 'Today, We Have the Opportunity to Complete the Great Unfinished Business of Our Society and Pass Health Insurance Reform for All Americans'
Date:3/21/2010

"Another Speaker, Tip O'Neill once said: 'All politics is local.'  And I say to you tonight that when it comes to health care for all Americans, 'All politics is personal.'  

"It's personal for the family that wrote to me who had to choose between buying groceries and seeing a doctor.  It's personal to the family who was refused coverage because their child had a pre-existing condition — no coverage, the child got worse, sicker.  It's personal for women — after we pass this bill, being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing medical condition. [Applause.]  

"It's personal for a senior gentleman whom I met in Michigan, who told me about his wife who had been bed-ridden for 16 years.  He told me he didn't know how he was going to be able to pay his medical bills.  As I said to you before, I saw a grown man cry.  He was worried that he might lose his home — that they might lose their home because of his medical bills and he didn't know how he was going to pay them.  And most of all, he was too embarrassed to tell his children and ask them for help.  How many times have you heard a story like that?  


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