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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

he legislation that will go forth from here has over 200 Republican amendments, and while it may not get Republican votes and be bipartisan in that respect, it is bipartisan in having over 200 Republican amendments.  [Applause.]  

"After a year of debate and hearing the calls of millions of Americans, we have come to this historic moment.  Today, we have the opportunity to complete the great unfinished business of our society and pass health insurance reform for all Americans that is a right and not a privilege.  [Applause.]

"In that same letter to the President, Senator Kennedy wrote, what is 'at stake' he said, 'At stake are not just the details of policy but…the character of our country.'  

"Americans will look back on this day as one which we honored the character of our country and honored our commitment to our nation's founders for a commitment to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'

"As our colleague John Lewis has said, 'We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.'  We have been given this opportunity.  I urge our — an op
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