Pelosi: I would have pushed single-payer, but health reform ‘worth it’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that she had no regrets about helping pass President Barack Obama’s health care reform bill.
“Your party lost power in 2010, you lost your speakership, you spent a lot of time on this bill, even Democratic leaders in the House and Senate say it is far from perfect. Was it worth it?” CBS News’ Nancy Cordes asked.
“Oh, yes,” Pelosi responded. “If it were just one child who was able to have access to health care, not be discriminated with lifetime limits or just not even having access to health care, it would be worth it for me.”
Pelosi said the health care reform bill helped families, but admitted if it were her bill, it would have included a single-payer system or public option.
“It does the job for the American people,” she said. “So, it is a compromise. It is balanced, it is market oriented, it is innovative, it is about wellness and prevention, it is about the health of America, as well as the health care of America.”
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