Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Pelosi Compares Today's Ruling to Social Security, Medicare Pelosi Compares Today's Ruling to Social Security, Medicare

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Want access to this content? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation



Pelosi Compares Today's Ruling to Social Security, Medicare

Despite being all smiles when talking about the Supreme Court's ruling on health care, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remained hesitant to chalk it up as a political victory.

"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."

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories


Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

Sign up form for the newsletter