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

policy. It is about the character of our country.' The character of our country has formed the backbone of our country, our working middle-class families in America.

"As we sit around this table, I think we should be mindful of what they do when they sit around their kitchen table. What we do here must be relevant to their lives. And for them, they don't have time for us to start over. Many of them are at the end of the line with their insurance, with their caps, with their this and that.

"You talked about stories — Senator Alexander did too — I can tell you many stories as I travel the country where I've seen grown men cry. One man in Michigan told me that his wife had been sick for a long time, he was at the end of the line in terms of his finances, he might have to lose his home and she was bedridden. He was afraid of what was going to happen. He was too proud to tell his children that he needed help because they were raising their own families. He said: 'When is something going to happen on health care in America? I can't hold out much longer.'

"I have a letter from — Michigan seems to be where I get some mail on this subject since I've traveled there recently — about a woman who said that their family — when they have to pay their deductib
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