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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

esteemed Chairs — Mr. Waxman, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Levin, Mr. Miller, Mr. Spratt, Ms. Slaughter — for bringing this bill to the floor today.  Let us acknowledge them. [Applause.]

"And I want to acknowledge the staff of the committees and of the leadership — they have done a remarkable job — dazzling us with their knowledge and their know-how.  [Applause.] I would like to thank on my own staff: Amy Rosenbaum, Wendell Primus, and Arshi Siddiqui.

"And now, I want to just close by saying this.  It would not be possible to talk about health care without acknowledging the great leadership of Senator Edward Kennedy, who made health care his life's work.  [Applause.]  

"In a letter to President Obama before he passed away — he left the letter to be read after he died.  Senator Kennedy wrote that: 'Access to health care is the great unfinished business of our society.'  That is until today.  [Applause.]

"After more than a year of debate, and by the way, t
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