"This politics be damned, this is about what we came to do," she said. "Anytime we want to waste time on seeing this through a prism of what does this mean in terms of the election, we undermine our purpose in coming here and acting upon our beliefs."
Pelosi said that today's ruling is as momentous as the establishment of Social Security and Medicare.
But this isn't the end of the health care debate. House Republicans plan to bring a vote to the floor July 11 to vote on repealing the entire health care care. And that "offers an opportunity for clarity" for Democrats to explain the benefits of the law, Pelosi said, characterizing millions of dollars spent on ads critical of the law as having created "such a screen of confusion."
When the health care ruling came down, Pelosi called called Vicki and Paul Kennedy to thank them for the role late Rep. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., played in pushing health care reform.
"I knew that when he left us he would go to heaven and help us pass the bill," she said. "Now he can rest in peace."
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