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Pelosi Remarks at Bipartisan Meeting at Blair House on Health Insurance Reform
Date:2/25/2010

nk you very much for bringing us here today. I will try to stick to the time because we have many people to hear from. Thank you, Mr. President, again. It was almost a year ago, March 5th of last year, when you brought us together in a bipartisan way to set us on a path to lower costs, improved quality, expand access to quality health care for all Americans. In the course of that time in our committees in the House and the Senate, we've had lively discussions. Here we are today.

"You began your remarks, Mr. President, by saying there was glimmer of bipartisanship in the Senate with the passage of the jobs bill. I want you to know there was a blaze of bipartisanship in the House yesterday with what — 406 to 19 — we passed under the leadership of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Tom Perriello, Betsy Markey and others — the lifting, repealing of the exemption that insurance companies have on health insurance and the antitrust laws for health insurance. 406 to 19, a very strong message that, yes, the insurance companies need to be reined in. So put us down on that side of the ledger.

"That day, March 5th, we all remember the bipartisan spirit, the hope that was in the room, and also, when Senator Kennedy came into the room and declared himself a 'foot soldier' in the fight for health care for all Americans. And then later he wrote to you and said: 'This is not just about the details of
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