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Pelosi Marks a Deep Line in the Sand for the Public Option

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Photo by Speaker Pelosi via Flickr

Photo by Speaker Pelosi via Flickr
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives (D-CA) has been a strong supporter of the Public Option as a critical piece of President Obama's health care reform proposal. For more information on the public option, check out this video and chart. This past week, many politicians are weakening their stances on the public option as a result of pressure from special interests. But Speaker Pelosi marked a line in the sand at an event this week. Check out this video of some of her remarks.

Part of the transcript:

"...there’s no way I can pass a bill in the House of Representatives without a public option. [Applause] As I say, unless somebody comes up with a better idea, that’s how we’re going forth in the House... This is an opportunity, not of a lifetime, of a century. If we don’t pass this bill, with all the comprehensive aspects of it, now I don’t know when we’ll have a chance to do it."

In other words, them's some fightin' words.