I have not had much faith in the political leadership of House leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Harry Reid in the health care reform debate. Today, Pelosi, finally got some guts and laid the blame for our broken, greedy system at the feet of the real obstructionists of reform - the health insurance industry. Some of her comments today:
"They are the villains in this. They have been part of the problem in a major way," Pelosi said of the insurance industry after her weekly press conference. "It's almost immoral, what they are doing," she said, referring to industry lobbying against a public insurance plan option. "Of course, they've been immoral all along. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening, and the public has to know about it."
The current system works so well for insurers that they don't even want subsidies, Pelosi claimed. "They've had a good thing going for a long time at the expense of the American people and the health of our country," she said, adding that it will be tough to keep them from getting their way. "This is the fight of our lives."
- Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House