Pelosi calls private health insurers ‘villains’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to unite her divided caucus around a common enemy — the health insurance industry — previewing an August recess line of attack by Democrats trying to maintain momentum on health care reform.
On Thursday, reporters pelted Pelosi with questions about a liberal Democratic insurrection against a deal cut with Blue Dog Democrats that would significantly weaken the health care public option — and she responded with a withering attack on the insurance industry.
“The public option — that’s where the insurance companies are making their attacks — it’s almost immoral what they are doing, ” said Pelosi, addressing reporters outside of her office a few minutes ago.
“Of course, they’ve been immoral all along,” she added. “They are the villains in this, they have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening and the public has to know.. They have had a good thing going for a long time at the expense of the American people and the health of our country.”
“This is the fight of our lives,” she added.
This video is from Politico, broadcast July 30, 2009.