Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Nancy Pelosi shrugged off polls clearly showing a strong American opposition to the Democratic healthcare reform proposal by likening the bill to an unbaked pie. From The Washington Post:
“Our bill, the House and the Senate bill, had some major differences, which we’re hoping now to reconcile,” Ms. Pelosi said. “Then when we have a bill — as I say, you can bake the pie, you can sell the pie, but you have to have a pie to sell. And when we do, we will take it out there.”
For a year, citizens have packed town halls and congressional phone lines, apparently angry over a pie they couldn’t see. A lack of tort reform, tax monies used for abortion, higher taxes, insurance rate hikes, larger deficits, and a failure to address the fundamental concern of the American people, cost—weren’t drivers of citizen opposition. According to the Madame Speaker, Americans are simply opposed to pie unseen.
As Nancy spent time hiding behind the old “you don’t like it ‘cause I’m not finished yet,” other Democrats on the Hill and in the White House were mischaracterizing public sentiment. “People understand the need to do this,” replied Rep George Miller (D-Calif), ignoring all the February Obamacare polls dominated by the opposition. The people understand the need for Mr. Miller to pass socialist reforms; they understand it so well that when Rasmussen or Gallup calls to gauge support, they lie.
The most disappointing Democrat position is coming from the White House and other Democrats in Congress. On ‘Meet the Press’, the Director of White House Health Reform hints at reconciliation: “…we’re not talking about changing any rules here. All the president’s talking about is: Do we need to address this problem and does it make sense to have a simple, up-or-down vote on whether or not we want to fix these problems.”
Senator Menendez, appearing on Fox News Sunday mischaracterized the public’s position, and touted reconciliation as a viable option, claiming that they would have the support in an up or down vote. “So the opportunity is there. We’d really like to get a bipartisan bill. In the absence of that, the American people, I think, have said in the polls that they want to see move forward on health care reform.”
Nancy can call it a pie, Dems on the hill can believe that polls showing opposition should be read to show support, and the President can cling to the view that Americans really don’t know what they need.
In November, the American people will remove all doubt when they aim their outrage at representatives who have consistently ignored their wishes.