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Pelosi Remarks at Press Availability on Health Insurance Reform
Date:3/2/2010

Where we disagreed, which I think was clear from last Thursday's meeting and the President points out in the letter, is that we disagree on holding the insurance companies accountable. Our legislation does just that. Republican legislation does not. That is a major difference. Left to their own way of doing things, the insurance companies have hurt the American people, and our legislation will have legislation that is affordable for the middle class and holds the insurance companies accountable in doing so. We hope to incorporate some of the suggestions, I think many of the suggestions, the good suggestions, are already in the bill that relate to waste, fraud and abuse and keeping cost down, looking at a couple of others that are suggested by the President in the letter.

With that, I would be pleased to take any questions you may have. The letter brings us just another step closer to passing the bill to lower cost, improve quality of care for many more people in our country. Again, we continue to work on the issue.

Q: I know you don't have bill language or another proposal from the President yet. However, it seems pretty clear that two of the issues that are going to be very difficult to handle procedurally are issues
that really can't be done under reconciliation yet they are important: abortion and immigration, in particular. Give a sense of how you plan to go about bridging the gap which was so wide in the first place, abortion can't be handled under reconciliation, do
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